The Kids of Oaxaca, or “Sharpness is a Bourgeois Concept”.

Oaxaca Cathedral, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji 23mm f2, Black and White, Oaxaca Street Photography

As mentioned in a previous post, my wife and I made a return trip to Oaxaca, Mexico to explore some of the places we had visited before. It was interesting being a photographer visiting the same place 30 years apart and witnessing what has changed and what remained relatively unchanged.

Oxaca Street Photography, Boy playing in street, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji 23mm f2, black and white

I think kids are a constant, I think their behavior hasn’t really changed over the years or is that much different from one culture to another. I just think what is expected of them is different. I was reminded in Oaxaca of how much children are coddled in other cultures. It was fun seeing the kids helping family out at the markets, or being enterprising selling their artwork along the street side. Don’t get me wrong, kids are adored in Mexico, but they are expected to contribute to the family in the ways they can.

Oaxaca City Market, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji 23mm f2 black and white

Oaxaca Street Photography, Girl bagging candy, Oaxaca City Market Fuji X-Pro2, fuji 23mm f2, black and white

Oaxaca Street Photography, Young street artist, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji 23mm f2, Black and White

And even though the kids are expected to help the family out, they are also allowed to simply be kids. I love the since of community Oaxaca has. You can tell the community adores their children and they are being looked after by the extended family that is the community.

Oaxaca Street Photography, Boy sleeping on the job, Oaxaca Zocolo, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji 23mm f2, black and white

Oaxaca Street Photography, Boy chasing ball, Oaxaca Cathedral, Fuji X-Pro2, Fuji 23mm f2, black and white

 

 

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