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Cellphones.

I never post myself here, so this is a departure, but I have reasons. First of all, I just got a new cellphone last week. And if you ever had the pleasure of knowing my last one, you know this is heaven. My old cellphone never let me read the news, or use any app that wasn’t whatsapp or twitter, really. The camera was a big challenge, so imagine me trying to use instagram or facebook. Basically, I ended up semi-quitting social media, taking pictures and even phone calls because I just didn’t want to fight with my cellphone anymore. And then this new one comes along and everything is easy! So, I’m in love.

And thus the reason for this picture, I’m so in love with it that I ended up ignoring my friends the other day while we were waiting outside of the theater. I like the picture, but I just want it to remind me that no matter how amazed I am by my new phone, really its just a freaking phone.

Mon

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Reading in a Park (London edition)

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I took this picture on September 9th at the top of Hamsptead Park, and I cannot believe that was 3 months ago!! Anyway, it was a beautiful day and I really wanted to capture the colors in the clouds. I only realized a few moments later that there was a woman reading. So basically, this picture is a mistake that I like very much.

In other news, I am terrible at blogging. I had too many things to do all the time this year and I honestly forgot to keep posting. And it just sounds awful now that I’m admitting it. But everything else turned out fine and now that I’m taking a bit of a break I will finally share some of the pictures I’ve taken in the las few months.

Mon

Door. #2

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Puebla

 

Some people love sports, I love history. And I love doors. This one is from San Miguel de Allende by a restaurant called “Ten-ten-pié”. What do you think is behind it?

Hay gente que ama los deportes, yo amo la historia. Y me fascinan las puertas. Ésta es en San Miguel de Allende cerca de un restaurant que se llama “Ten-ten-pié”. Que creen que haya del otro lado?

xx

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Traditions.

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Puebla

I live in Guadalajara, a city that has lost a lot of its identity in a tragic slow pace over decades. So, no one actually notices that many of its traditions and history are actually gone. You only really notice when you stop and think about them and where to find them. These days only old people stories or photos remain of our cultural baggage. And no I don’t think tequila, mariachis and tacos are enough to build an identity. Which is why, I was as fascinated by this man in Puebla. It seemed to me like Puebla hasn’t lost it sense of self, something I really loved.

Vivo en Guadalajara, una ciudad que ha perdido su identidad de forma tan gradual y callada a lo largo de las décadas, que nadie se ha dado cuenta que ya no está. Sólo nos damos cuenta cuando nos detenemos a pensar en todo lo que ya no hay y dónde encontrar lo perdido. Ahora, lo único que quedan son las historias de ancianos o fotos antiguas que nos enseñan una ciudad que ya no está. Y no, tequila, mariachi y tacos no cuentan como únicos factores de identidad social en mi opinión. Es por eso que me encantó éste señor en Puebla. Me pareció que Puebla es una ciudad que no ha perdido su personalidad, algo que me llenó de alegría. Y nostalgia.

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Friends.

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Friends

 

The best thing about friendship is when you see or know your friends to be happy. Very few things in life are as enjoyable as seeing people that you love be in a good place! :)

Lo mejor de la amistad es cuando ves y sabes a tus amigos ser felices. Muy pocas cosas en la vida son tan disfrutables como ver a la gente que quieres estar bien! :)

xx

Photo taken by me in Soho, NY

Finding Inspiration.

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Finding inspiration in this internet age is actually not as easy as it sounds. There’s just so much of everything, you don’t know where to look! Sometimes it all overwhelms me as much as they inspire me. So, like the Cardigan’s song “I disconnect“(listen to the song below). Still, sometimes in the middle of so much muchness there are quotes or pictures that get me inspired all over again.

A veces, encontrar inspiración en esta época del internet puede ser, aunque no lo parezca, muy difícil.  Hay demasiado de todo en todos lados y a veces no sabes hacia dónde mirar. Así que como en la canción me de The Cardigans “Me desconecto”(escuchen la canción de abajo). De todas formas, a veces en medio de tanto encuentro algo que me regresa la inspiración. 

 Pictures taken from my Pinterest Account (Also found herehere and here)

Parroquia de San Miguel de Allende

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San Miguel de Allende San Miguel de AllendePhotos by Mon

This is the main church in the town of San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato. One of the loveliest towns you’ll ever find. This church has a very proud look to it judging by its gothic, grand architecture. But it is tiny! You can especially get a grasp of its scale by the second picture with the sculpture and the lanterns. Its like a model of an european cathedral.

Ésta es la parroquia de San Miguel de Allende en Guanajuato. Uno de los pueblos más bonitos y pintorescos de México. Ésta parroquia tiene un aire de grandeza por su arquitectura gótica. Pero es súper pequeña! Se puede apreciar mejor la escala en la segunda foto donde se ven las lámparas y la escultura. Es como una maqueta de una catedral europea.

Mon

 

Ruined houses #1, Puebla.

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PueblaPhoto by Mon

It is a contradiction that ruins should evoke such awe and melancholy over their lost splendor when they are falling to pieces. (I, by the way, would love to restore it back to health. That’s what I’m doing my masters for!) And yet… even knowing upon sight everything that has happened and will likely happen to this building if no one acts soon, I cannot help it: I love it.

 Es una contradicción que las ruinas evoquen admiración y nostalgia de un esplendor perdido cuando se caen a pedazos. (Por cierto, me encantaría restuararla. Para eso estoy estudiando la maestría!) Y sin embargo… sabiendo con sólo verla sus deterioros, lo que le ha pasado y le puede pasar si nadie hace nada para salvar ésta finca, no puedo evitarlo: me encanta.

Mon

Mirada Linda, de Linda Franco

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Mirada Linda Mirada LindaPhotos by my good friend Carlos Mora

Some months ago I started working on this project, the purpose of it was to showcase some of my mom’s photography work through some of her travels. The exposition will be until June 30 in the Alianza Francesa de Providencia in Guadalajara. It has meant the world to me to be able to do this for her even if she is no longer around to see it happen. My mom is the actual reason I got into photography in the first place (and so much more!). These are some of the photos of the event.

Hace unos meses empecé a trabajar en éste proyecto con el propósito de mostrar el trabajo fotográfico de mi mamá a través de la fotografía de sus viajes. Ha significado el mundo para mi poder hacer ésto para ella, aún si ella ya no está para verlo. Mi mamá es la razón por la que me interesó la fotografía (y tantas otras cosas!). Éstas son algunas fotos. La exposición está en la Alianza Francesa de Providencia en Guadalajara hasta el 30 de Junio. Si pueden vayan!

Mon

 

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