Photo essay Una Esquina Interesante by eneas.

On a corner in downtown Mexico City, photographer Rodrigo González stands still and snaps subjects as they walk by in the diffuse light of a 7-11.

Over the course of 15 minutes one night around 8:30 PM, Rodrigo stood still with his camera in his native Mexico City and snapped people as they walked by, and later compiled it into a slide show. Smokers, cyclists, vendors, kids, and adults appear in flashes in the soft light of the nearby convenience store. Here’s what Rodrigo said about his project.

Concept

“Life will always bring the photo to you. I believe photography is about patience and attention. When we are walking/studying/living we usually don’t have the time to carefully look around us. When… [we stand still to take pictures], however, we have all the time to witness the amazing scenes that life is creating, seemingly at random, in front of us.”

Setting

“Downtown Mexico City is a very democratic place, you’ll find all kinds of people walking down its streets. During the day it is a vibrant commercial area and, after 6pm it becomes a place to hang around, have a coffee or a beer. The important thing is that you’ll find places for everyone, the rich, middle class, students, the poor. It’s actually like having all of Mexico City in the space of just a few blocks.”

Approach

“It was very important for me to be able to take pictures without people noticing. When you know someone is taking your picture you act differently and stop being “natural,” even if unconsciously. I didn’t want to alter people’s behavior and mess up the scenes life was putting in front of me.”

Technique

“I was working with a Nikon D80 and a Sigma lens (30mm at f1.4). My ISO speed was 800. I didn’t use a tripod because I wanted to be free to move the camera at any moment (and it would have attracted too much attention). I never crouched down but some pictures were shot from the hip. The most important thing for me was to avoid people noticing I was taking their picture.”