Photo Walk Nº1 – Around the Alameda Park area
On Tuesday, a group of us met outside the Palacio de Bellas Artes to start our Photo Walk around the Alameda. Armed with our cameras, a small map and a list of potential photos to hunt for, we set off to click away. We discovered different views of what may be Mexico City’s most beautiful building, the Palacio de Bellas Artes, including reflections in windows, we captured the elegance of the Palacio de Correos which still functions as a real Post Office, we put the Torre Latino into a natural frame and shot patterns and geometric shapes in the Plaza de Juárez. Other “mini-assignments” were for each of us to choose a color and photograph anything we saw in that color, to shoot all the Mexican national emblems we could see (the ubiquitous eagle, cactus and snake), and to strike up a conversation with someone and ask if we could take their photo. No furtive snaps of them.
These were just a few of the places we visited and tasks we had to accomplish to sharpen our photographic vision. Perhaps the most enjoyable part was the coffee stop at the Café Don Porfirio on the terraza high up on the SEARS building, with amazing views over the Palacio de Bellas Artes and the Alameda. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. All in all, we learnt a lot about Mexico City and how to take more creative photos, and also made new friends.