Category Archives: Mexican girl

Gloria

Photo I shot of my model Gloria.

Shot in 35 mm black and white film. Once I printed it on dark room I scratched it while still wet.

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Gloria. Copyright 2006 Miguel Omaña.
Gloria. Copyright 2006 Miguel Omaña.
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Mexico City Public Transportation 101

Photo I shot at Mexico City metro area.

In Mexico City suburban areas and the inner city have different kinds of public transportation. In the Federal District, which is Mexico City proper, there is a vast subway, metrobus, trolebus, normal buses, cabs, electric cabs, tricycle cabs, a small commuting train, and a long interstate commuting train that connects with the State of Mexico northern municipalities.

In the surrounding area of the Federal District, locally known as Distrito Federal or simply DF, there is of course the commuting train, cabs, mexibus, normal buses, and what locals call combis (which are glorified minivans that swarm the almost 21 municipalities that surround Mexico City).

The one in the picture is known as a micro (pronounced mee-cro), which usually are outdated American buses from yesteryear. These micros roam in the metro area, while buses usually connect to Mexico City downtown.

Mexico City inhabitants and yours truly have to undergo the intricate public transport at some point. American cities are more car oriented but the Mexican capital is enormous and overpopulated that at times it makes its avenues and expressways useless because of epic traffic jams. After all, this is the third largest urban agglomeration of the world. Hence, its mobility problems are far greater and more challenging than way (way) smaller cities like New York or New Delhi.

I have crossed the whole city from one city limit to the other using only public transportation, it took me a bit more than 4 hours. And I was lucky, because I avoided rush hour. I did the same time one makes from Mexico City to Acapulco beach by car.

If you’re interested in Mexico City and its history, check out my book Till Stars Shut Their Eyes.

Girl on Public Transport. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.
Girl on Public Transport. Copyright 2015 Miguel Omaña.

Jicama vendor at Mexico City

Photo I shot at Mexico City metropolitan area. The urban sprawl is so huge that it encompasses several states. Public transportation varies from place to place within the greater Mexico City area to be able to cover all districts and boroughs.

At public transportation key places where routes link it is common to see street vendors and eateries. You can find tortas (the equivalent of hamburgers made out of french bread) as low as 1 dollar*, or amaranth bars (the ones they sell you at posh nutritional store elsewhere in the world) as low as 50 US cents*.

In this case this gorgeous lady sells jicama, which is not only nutritional but low-fat. She sells them cut and already ready set to-go. In other places they make their form as lollipops, called jicaretas. But in general you can have them prepared with chilli powder, chilli sauce, lemon, etcetera. Long ago they carried them out in the open, but now most jicama and fruit vendors display them inside a glass-protected case.

When in doubt, whenever you are going to buying food or fruit, be sure to ask them how do they prepare it. It varies from place to place, and one can learn more about how to eat it.

* Prices are given according to current peso-US dollar conversion.

Jicama vendor at Mexico City. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña. Jicama vendor at Mexico City. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña.

Mexican girl photoshoot

Photo I shot a while back with an analog camera CT-3 using 35 mm black and white film, and developed in dark room. My model Gloria.

Gloria. Copyright 2006 Miguel Omaña. Gloria. Copyright 2006 Miguel Omaña.

What Lies Within Every Person — poem.

Poem and photo by Miguel Omaña.

What lies within every person
is no mere earthly flesh,
pints of red gushing secretion,
or sheer elations, nor
tangled ties of daily passion;
be it sincere goodness
or evil grandest in action.

Oh! But fire endless!
Thus lies within at ignition,
amongst us the keepers
of the warm flame of creation;
undying and restless,
it kindles to beacon realization.


If you’re interested in poetry, you may enjoy my novel Till Stars Shut Their Eyes, where I wrote many poems of love and hatred as part of the story. 


I shot the photograph in downtown Mexico City of calpulli indigenous dance group Tezomolline Naukuauhtli. Keeping the flame of our ancestors, people are once again organizing into calpullis (correct plural would be calpultin) just as in times of old.

Girl on fire. Copyright 2014 Miguel Omaña.
Girl on fire. Copyright 2014 Miguel Omaña.