Just like it’s only cool to call your own dad lame, it’s only really legit to photograph some of the stranger people of a city if you’re actually from there. Luckily in this case, Mark Alor Powell who, the more I research the more I realise is pretty prolific, is actually from Mexico which kind of cushions the blow for how weird he’s portrayed it to be in Mexico XXI part 1&2.
Wandering the streets of his city, Mark seems to stumble across many larger-than-life characters, some of whom are so extrovert you can scarcely believe he has not styled them himself. Despite the visual oddity, and the occasional discomfort this series is by no means painting a negative picture of Mexico. If anything, these images should inspire any creative to go there now, if not for the inspiration, then for that hunky florist.
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