The Ineffable Everyday Life
THE INEFFABLE EVERYDAY LIFE
In my walk through the streets on foot or by car, there is always something new to see in the city. Particularly I am interested in seeing the mundane, what happens on a daily basis, and that in that apparent insignificance, shapes that normality in our lives. People who get up every day to work, young people who go with their friends to turn around after leaving classes, places that are transformed with festivities and seasons. The normality of living in a country like Mexico where people continue their existence despite the atmosphere of chaos and generalized uncertainty that surrounds them. I look for moments that show me the peculiarity of what we might call Mexican identity, with humor, astonishment, scrutiny, as a simple spectator.
The Ineffable Everyday Life is a contemporary narration of a section of the Mexican population, primarily the working class, which shows how the days here pass between customs, family and work. The record of a display of diverse attitudes that make it possible to continue living in this ocean of contrasts and color.
The streets of San Pedro Cholula early in the afternoon get crowded around the main market, people wait for a 'combi' the most popular transport car in Mexico.
When streets are closed to cars and people go outside to see an event, vendors flood the streets with their products. Food is the number one product, such as 'tacos de canasta' (tacos in a basket).
Motorcycle use has risen by 916% in the last 16 years. Users prefer motorcycles because of less use of gasoline, they are cheaper and help them in traffic situations.
Arturo, a fishmonger at the local market. Sells in fish and seafood quadruple from December to March because of the Christmas season and Easter celebrations.
A girl performer part of the group “Real de Analco” gets her dress fit to go to the next stop and dance with the group of Huehues. Huehues dancing is an old tradition that comes from the state of Tlaxcala, where people wear masks and elaborate dresses. It has a satirical and religious background.
On my way home I ran into this beautiful doberman dog with pointy ears, we looked at each other and said hello.
A Mexican tradition of dressing the Baby Jesus on February 2nd and present him to the church is widely popular and there are stores dedicated to selling the figures and dresses. Popular dresses are all white for the christening, knit baby clothes or as a beloved saint like St. Judas Thaddeus.
The dance company "Zomalli Tonatiuh" get some rest after dancing "Moors and Christians" from the North Mountain dances of Puebla.
Other kinds of popular street food are hamburgers and hotdogs, food stands often remain in the same spot for years and are subject to inspections like any other food service.
Gordon is 10 y.o the cutest cocker spaniel at the parade, so chubby and smiley.
Resting outside the Temple of Saint Francis of Assisi.