Procesion del Silencio Queretaro


Procession of Silence

The Procession of Silence in Queretaro is an annual event to mourn the Passion of Christ and honor Our Lady of Solitude. It occurs on the night of Good Friday, beginning at the “Señora del Rosario del Rayo Church”, where it originated, and winds through the streets of the historic center of the city of Queretaro. During the event there are the sounds of drums and bugles, but no participant or spectator speaks, giving the event its name. It is one of the most important Holy Week observances in Mexico.

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A few photos from the beach in Riviera Maya. The Sunday everyone gone at the beaches to take break or only to enjoy a free day. These images are the tale of a day walking for the caribbean Mexican Beach in Riviera Maya. The locals love to bring the family at the beach where the kids play in the ocean, the sun and the white sand is the scenery where the the mayan heirs loves to drink a beer… or better to get drunk.


Niños de la Colosio Playa del carmen Mexico


The niños de la colosio Project starts 2011 after 4 years I’m living in Playa del carmen, Mexico. I rented an apartament in Colosio colony and day after day I aware I have around me a lot of kids living and playing. I was starting to shoot portraits at the children. My focus…. investigate the Mayan physiognomy, street by street, corner by corner. I found in their faces adult emotions; these kids need to grow up fast, they have not the time to waste the life in a superficial stuffs. They don’t know the pleasure to have a new tech-toys, a smartphone, a lap top, a PC…. They born in poor families and the majority of the parents works for the wealthy in a Luxury resort.

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San Cristobal de las Casas Chiapas


San Cristóbal de las Casas is a highland town in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas founded in 1528. It’s known for its well-preserved colonial architecture and the indigenous Mayan culture. The photo sequence shows a city where the street is the theater of the diary life: the traditional market, the cathedral, the Tzotzil women walking for the site, a Mexican “ranchero” drinking….just a frame in whirling society. Here the time is fall down in a no history era. The colonial past, the ancient Mayan civilization and the present are mixed in a city where many cultures share a piece of land on the top of the mountain.

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Payasos sin Frontera Altos de Chiapas San Cristobal de las Casas


I had the privilege to be part of 1 day with Payasos sin Frontera in Chiapas. This no profit Organization wants to draw a smile in the kids faces. We visited the primary school in San cristobal de las casa“ Prudencio Moscoso Pastrana” where the clowns have entertained the students. A lot of fun during the show.

Many thanks to Nicoletta Giuliodori

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A day In Mexico City


Mexico City, Ciudad De Mexico, El Districto Federal, El monstro, chilangolandia, el defectuoso, La capital these are nicknames for the ancient México-Tenochtitlan. This is one of the biggest cities in the world with more tan 24 milions of citizens. Here the contemporary culture, the world business, the banks, the museums, the first world class cohabits with a ancient tradition.

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Parachicos Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas


Included in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage the Parachicos festival is a traditional religion feast celebrates in Chiapas on January between 15 to 23 every year. The Parachico is a traditional dancer who dance on the street from the morning in a procession with different stops in sanctuary or sacred altars.

There are many versions of the history of Parachico but all agree to the myth that one day a beautiful woman seeking a cure for her sick son but after visiting doctor and healers, failed to alleviate it. Someone told her to go Chiapas where surely find the cure, then she moved with all its servants.

Parachicos wear wooden masks with Caucasian features, such as light skin, facial hair and blue eyes, in contrast to Native people’s features. They also wear a round headdress, colorful ribbons, striped serapes, embroidered shawls, usually over black or dark shirt and trousers. Parachicos use metallic rattles locally known as chinchin or chinchines, with colorful ribbons attached to the top and/or handles, which are shaken as they dance and chant.

( Text by Wikipedia)

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