20 September 2009

Poverty, Hope, & National Pride

I was out prowling the "outback" the other day gathering material for my project about conical "trojes" (grain storage edifices) and I came across the dilapidated building in the photograph below. What caught my eye was not the building itself but the painting of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe on one of the exterior walls. As a matter of fact it kind of startled me and I was half expecting to smell a scent of roses and hear a beautiful voice. Alas, there was nothing in the air but my imagination. As I looked at the building and the painting I noticed that in the background there was one of those giant Mexican flags on the horizon waving in the breeze alongside the big highway. I am not much of a picture taker in general but I just had to take a photo of these three images juxtaposed in my field of vision. Side by side I saw "Poverty" in the derelict structure, "Hope" in the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and "National Pride" in the flag.


5 comments:

glorv1 said...

That is beautiful Bob and your description is so right on. Poverty, Hope, and Pride, yes indeed. I looked at it and I thought, wow, if it had a roof it would make a great artist studio. I love it, thanks for sharing.

Suzanne said...

You see so much of this here in the most unlikely places. glad you were able to stop and get a photo to share with us

Suzanne
www.livinginsanmiguel.wordpress.com

YayaOrchid said...

You have quite the talent for photography too MR.BOB! Glad you shared. Thank you!

Billie said...

Very good seeing, Bob. And also connecting the dots as well. Damn but I wish I had been there with you. I could have probably spent 2 hours just playing with the juxtapositions in colors.

Leah Flinn said...

Beautiful pics - thanks for sharing!

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I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. I have been living in Mexico since January 6th, 1999. I am continually studying to improve my knowledge of the Spanish language and Mexican history and culture. I am also a student of Mandarin Chinese.