The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Independence Angel / Angel de la Independencia
Independence Heroes / Héroes de la Independencia


Preparing the mediatic show for the celebration of the bicentennial of independence

In 2010 Mexico will celebrate its 200 years of Independence with national and local public events. The Bicentennial or Bicentenario actually takes in two celebrations: the first being the Bicentennial of two hundred years since Independence (1810) and the second the no less important Centennial of 100 years since Mexican Revolution of 1910.

Mexican Independence Day celebrates the events and people that eventually resulted in independence from Spain, the country that had control over the territory of New Spain, as it was also known then. Fueled by three centuries of oppresion and sparked by a call to revolt by the respected Catholic priest Hidalgo, the first call to arms was made in the village of Dolores, in the state of Guanajuato. The uprising pitted the poor indigenous indians and mixed mestizo groups against the priviledged classes of Spanish descent, and pushed them into a violent and bloody battle for freedom from Spain.

Mexico is facing - once again - one of those defining moments in its young and fledgling democracy. It wasn't that long ago, July 6, 2006 to be exact, that the Federal Electoral Institute in Mexico announced the final vote count in the presidential election, resulting in a narrow margin of 0.58 percentage points of victory for right wing Felipe Calderón Hinojosa (PAN). That same year the left wing PRD (Revolutionary Democratic Party) led by Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador took to the streets in massive protests demanding a vote by vote recount and accusing the whole world of being silent witnesses to a massive fraud and conspiracy.

The widespread expectations among Mexicans that a long-awaited democracy would solve the country's problems are now confronted with the reality of an institutional system that is not only broken and corrupt at its core, but that is consolidating its power with unnerving ease and at an alarmingly fast pace. (The Huffington Post)


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Cosas de Liz said...

Hola Carrol:

Feliz día de la Independencia!!

Pero que bellas fotos del Angel!!! son preciosas.

Te mando un gran abrazo y que la pases muy padre


brattcat said...

You teach us so much with your text and your images. Thank you, Carraol, for the insight you provide through this blog and your work.

Luis Gomez said...

El Angel de Reforma ha sido siempre un espectaculo. Que hermosas imagenes!

Carolyn Ford said...

One day to go...then Mexico celebrates a very important event in their history! Thank you for the information and great photos of the preparation.

Anonymous said...

The first image is amazing....I love it. Thanks for interesting reading.
Many greetings :)

Japy said...

Me encanta el tono dramatico que adquiere el lugar con el encuadre y el tratamiento en la primera foto. Saludos.

Lúcia said...

The first one is breathtaking!
Beautiful, dramatic and poetic.
Best regards

Bob Crowe said...

A late happy independence day. That top picture of El Angel is stunning. One of the most fum evenings we've ever had was during the one time we visited your city, by coincidence over independence day. The hotel sent us to dinner that night at La Hacienda de los Morales in Polanco. What a party!

Bibi said...

These are gorgeous. I love the contrasts, the lighting.

Cris said...

El tratamiento que das a las fotografías cada vez me fascinan más.
Gracias por esas informaciones. Me parece un país muy bonito y culturalmente rico.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Great photos!
Viva Mexico!