06 February, 2014

Mexican Memories

Hello dear Readers,
again apologies for not posting more, but frankly I find it increasingly hard to come up with something new with regards to textures and real life demanded much time as well.....

Yesterday I opened a box with old analogue  photos and I sifted through them finding myself captivated by the all the recollections that came up looking at them. I decided to scan some pictures from a journey I made some 14 years ago. At that time I stayed at a friend's in Mexico. At that time he lived a few kilometers away close to the city of Oaxaca de Juarez. The pictures I wanted to show you are from a 5 day hike I made with another friend of mine, that took us into the mountains of Oaxaca in a sparsely populated region. As far as I remember I only chose pictures from our first day. I remember that it was a very exhausting experience making our way through the forests following an indigenous guide, that seemed to want to break some kind of speed record to get to our first stay.

Anyway it was an unforgettable experience.

All pictures were processed with some textures from various texture packs, that are now partly or even exclusively available in my shop on



First I want to show you the pictures and with a second post I'll explain some of my processing techniques...




This was towards the end of the first day we met many people that were on their way home.



I am always fascinated by the old lorries  and cars that you can see in Mexico. This one was incredibly noisy...




On our way  - the white stuff in the trees is usually used at christmas time to decorate cribs.



I was impressed by the diversity of the forests ranging from pine trees to palm trees, yuccas and all kind of other plants.



It was very dry. Spring time is usually the hottest time of the year in Oaxaca with a lot of dried trees and also always the threat of wild fires. But occasionally one encounters something in bloom.



This is the village were we spent our first night. I remember that it was a very quite village. The small pension were we stayed was run by the whole village. As far as I remember we booked this tour in an office that was run by a association of  villages that offered some kind of eco tours.




Housing was made out of a mix of wood, concrete elements often with sheet roofs. I remember that it was incredibly cold at night with the temperatures falling below zero °C and strong winds - as well as leaky roofs and walls that gave access to the cold gusts....

I hope you liked this kind of post from me and I think I will post more like that in the future.

Have a great day and thanks for reading!!

Dirk