Oaxaca is a place that sees value in aesthetic expression. Time is given to details that may seem frivolous, but beautify the city and life, if you’re paying attention. It’s a city that has an apparent culture of passion and celebration, and that is reflected in the vibrancy of everyday color and creativity:
A colorful doorway and a sunny door make things brighter on even the rainiest summer afternoon.
A political poster and a festival concert poster wheatpasted onto a sky blue and yellow wall.
A teapot dangles from the roof of a building.
I love the combination of the marigold and white with the green of the flowering yucca plant in the foreground.
It looked like someone was painting over something but they couldn’t quite get it all because they didn’t want to paint over the brick. It made for an interesting pop of color.
Where did all the old VW Bugs go? Oaxaca.
Wedding preparation in Santo Domingo Square. After weddings at Santo Domingo Church, there are typically music and dance performances in the square and a wedding procession through town with these gigantic paper mache bride and groom sculptures.
Fallen petals from a flowering tree beautify the ground.
A view of Oaxaca from the roof of my hostel.
Another beautiful color combination.
When I picture Oaxaca Centro in my head, this is the kind of thing that first comes to mind — a quiet street lined with short colorful houses that leads to a vanishing point.
A bold use of color.
A slick VW Bug and some more colorful houses.
I wonder what it’s like on the inside of this triangular shaped building.
This artist set up on a pedestrian only street and crafted an image of a Centro Oaxaca street entirely out of string. Maybe I should’ve included this one in the street art photo essay.