Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Colonial facades in Mérida

There are many beautifully restored colonial and mid-century modern homes in the Centro, but there are also homes that are abandoned and neglected.  The variously colored facades are nice to look at , but I find that some  of the homes which have not been restored exhibit their own special color, texture and beauty. They can provide an interesting subject for the photographer. Layers of peeling paint can expose a myriad of soft, faded colors and crumbling plaster reveals interesting spots of exposed mamposteria, the thick limestone walls which defy destruction in this intense tropical climate.
All images taken in Santiago. I think these all were abandoned homes, but if someone is living inside,  please excuse the intrusion.  Double click on image for a larger view.


  1. These photos are marvelous. Is this with the schmancy camera? I shot a wall somewhere around 66 and 47, where a peeling Coke sign is decaying so beautifully it looks like an artist intended it that way.

  2. I used my Canon T2i, which I purchased specifically for photographing Mérida. It's a giant step up from my point and shoot, which was actually pretty good, but this does so much more. At 18 megapixels, you can get some really great photos.

  3. Thanks Carlos and Pat. I wish you guys could have been here for the conference. Maybe next year.

    ...and thank you Lee ( I just realized I didn't do that in my comment above).

  4. I love the weathered facades too. I keep taking pictures of them and planning to create a grunge-style background for the blog, but it's too hard to choose just one.

  5. Debbie,

    I'm really having a blast photographing these facades.