gaby esensten photography

Mexico City, Mexico // January + February 2016

Here are a few snaps from my week exploring Mexico City, mostly with my wonderful, new friend, Margaux. Some of my favorite memories are sneaking into the Sears café across the street from the magnificent Palacio de Bellas Artes to take photos and Margaux explaining innocently in her French-Spanish that we didn’t know we had to wait in line to buy something and that we’d be on our way. As many photographers, and my art historian photographer mom sometimes say, ask for forgiveness not permission. :)

After a long day that included Casa Azul, a Tamale Festival at the Plaza Jardin Hidalgo, and an impromptu photo shoot in the beautiful Viveros de Coyoacan Park, we metroed up to Chapultepec Park to soak up the rich history of Mexico at the Museo Nacional de Antropología.  On my last day in the city, I visited the Museo de Arte Popular and reveled in the richness of Mexico’s art, from the vibrant Trees of Life to the wonderfully silly representations of the Devil and death, to the dreamlike, painted sculptures of fantastical creatures. I had a glorious time in Mexico City and cannot wait to return. Next up, Guatemala!!

Zócalo Plaza

Catedral Metropolitana de la Ciudad de México

Palacio de Bellas Artes

a sculpture across from The House of Tiles

Av. Francisco I. Madero

Museo Nacional de Antropología

Mayan creation story

Plaza Jardin Hidalgo

Me at the Viveros de Coyoacan Park


La Condesa Neighborhood

Museo de Arte Popular

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