Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers.


The title for this series comes from a conversation I had with a soldier while asking for permission to take his photograph. The soldier's answer summarized a sense of paranoia with which people in Mexico cope everyday of their lives. This project started as my attempt to test the charged image that we hold of Mexico today via mainstream media and popular culture. It evolved into a photographing of the personal experience and qualities that shaped my interpretation of the place. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is referred to as if it is a single place, but they are two neighbouring towns on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. A tourist destination, mainly for Mexicans, Ixtapa is the spic-and-span big hotel town with all of its public services in place, while Zihuatanejo is where the majority of those who work in Ixtapa live. The government is attempting to re-brand tourist destinations by increasing security in these areas. The irony is that this "bubble-wrapping" , in combination with the violence present just below the surface, manifests as an ambiguity and tension that floats in the air.

Around 7.00 a.m. Zihuatanejo

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Between 5.30 and 6.00 a.m. Ixtapa

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Close to 8.00 a.m. Ixtapa

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Around 7.00 a.m. Ixtapa

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10 a.m. Ixtapa

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11.00 a.m.  Ixtapa - Zihuatanejo

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Close to midday Ixtapa

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1.30 p.m. Zihuatanejo

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After lunch Ixtapa

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4.00 p.m. Zihuatanejo

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The complete series consists of 96 photographs that are presented either as a photobook or an installation.

The photobook and the installation display the images making almost 350 possible different image configurations.


Here is a Vimeo link showing how the photobook works:
https://vimeo.com/130345413 

6.00 a.m. Zihuatanejo

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7.30 a.m. Ixtapa

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Around 10.30 a.m. Ixtapa

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11.00 a.m. Ixtapa

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Around midday Ixtapa

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2.30 p.m. Zihuatanejo

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3.30 p.m. Claudia. Zihuatanejo

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3.30 p.m. Zihuatanejo

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4.15 p.m. Sunday. Ixtapa

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Approximately 5.20 p.m. Zihuatanejo

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7.40 p.m. Ixtapa

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8.15 p.m. Zihuatanejo

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Close to 8.30 p.m. People refuse to get out of the ocean, ignoring the live-saver's whistle.

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8.45 p.m. Ixtapa

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9.10 p.m. At sunset. Ixtapa

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9.30 p.m. Ixtapa

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Close to midnight Ixtapa

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Your Photographs Could Be Used By Drug Dealers


The title for this series comes from a conversation I had with a soldier while asking for permission to take his photograph. The soldier's answer summarized a sense of paranoia with which people in Mexico cope everyday of their lives.
This project started as my attempt to test the charged image that we hold of Mexico today via mainstream media and popular culture. It evolved into a photographing of the personal experience and qualities that shaped my interpretation of the place. Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is referred to as if it is a single place, but they are two neighbouring towns on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. A tourist destination, mainly for Mexicans, Ixtapa is the spic-and-span big hotel town with all of its public services in place, while Zihuatanejo is where the majority of those who work in Ixtapa live. The government is attempting to re-brand tourist destinations by increasing security in these areas. The irony is that this "bubble-wrapping" , in combination with the violence present just below the surface, manifests as an ambiguity and tension that floats in the air.
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