Return to Coyoacán, Strutting Around the Palacio Postal and the Diego Rivera Murals of Secretería de Educacíon Publica, Working

August 27th, 2012. Categories / Mexico City

Last Thursday, J and I took a long subway ride to explore the Viveros de Coyoacán. For reasons I couldn’t understand, no photos were allowed. Despite the long explanation from the guard, the most I could decipher is that I needed a permit or something that I could get from one of the gates.

The gardens were beautiful. Groves of trees separated by shady paths. Tame black squirrels. Joggers. Practicing matadors. Rather than get a permit, I decided to take an incognito photo or two.

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Entrance and exit.
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Cecina de yecapixtla, a thin marinated beef over black beans and cream eaten in tortillas.
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Sign malfunction.
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The wall to Viveros Coyoacán.
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Warning sign.
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A forbidden photo down a path.
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Through the trees.
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Gum tree.
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School’s out, time to swarm.
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Chips vendor by minibus line.
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Altar.
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Mexican smarts.
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Abandoned store.
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Soda truck.
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Yellow wall.
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White wall.
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Maude’s car broke down.
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Polish lady.

Cotton candy or Madonna wardrobe vendor.
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Flat tire and cafe types.
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Shoes shined.
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Crazy busy street that required frogger-like crossing.
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Small door.
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Sometimes you need to stay in.

On Friday, J and I explored the beautiful Palacio Postal and Secretería de Educacíon Publica. I got my fill of golden flourishes and Diego Rivera murals.

In the early afternoon, I split to go over stuff with the director for the pre production meeting that day.

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The ornate stairs of the Palacio Postal in El Centro.
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Another view.
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Looking up.
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Elevator sign.
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The empty back room.
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J on the stairs.
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Teller windows.
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Pastor spindle.
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Shoe polisher’s dolly seat.
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Inside the Secretería de Educacíon Publica.
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Statue.
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Floor.
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All Diego, all the time.
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Restoration in the stairwell.
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Each Mexican state has its own crest.
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Looking down on three floors of Diego Rivera murals.
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Old walls.
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A truck straight out of the original Total Recall.
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Your edifice is showing.
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Meeting point.

Flaming idol.
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The main cathedral.
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Amazing baked fish from a wonderful group seafood meal at Contra Mar.

Over the weekend, I had full days of shooting a commercial. Luckily there was a variety of locations, which offered variety to both the spot and were I was sitting for hours and hours.

Saturday was spend in the old part of town and at a massive low rent apartment complex.

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Making magic in the allies of El Centro.
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Flowery truck.
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Inside a typical hotel room.
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The atrium, AKA video village.
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Old stairs.
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Overgrown bikes.
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Another atrium.
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Guardian of the green screen.
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Walkway.
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Massive apartment complex build before Mexico City’s Summer Olympics.
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Extruded letters.
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Perfectly tucked dead bird.
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Creative directing and producing.
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Spicy Tootsie Pops and peanut cakes.
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Loner.

Sunday, I woke before dawn to get to the first location. Then a park. The rest of the day was spent inside, just as the skies broke with well-timed rain. Our day ran long, but otherwise smoothly.

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A rare sunrise.
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Stairs from the overpass.
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Breakfast with the mechanics.
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Steam trays and motor oil.
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Parking.
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Sad snacks.
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Fins.
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Gripping.
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Romcom?
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Fried beef penis.
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Sidewalk parker.
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Setup.
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Second hand glycol.
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Oldies but goodies.

I’m very excited to share what I’m working on when it’s done. It’s going to be great, great like this massive city.

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