Sardina 002 : Mexico
Gotta say, my Sardina is quite the prefect little traveling companion. I love how it’s wide-angle lens captures the details of a whole scene that are usually lost in 4:3 film. At the same time it has enough pinpoint focus to bring a singular detail to your attention. Say, the delicate sequin lining of a sombrero or the luscious emerald leaves who sleep timidly behind budding coral flowers.
I save my film camera for those moments that at first glance seem inconsequential. The moments that are fleeting. These photos are like a daydream, looking away will cause it to disappear. And as abruptly wonderful as it was, it will seem to never have happened in the first place.
That sense of wonder invested in these small moments, is so powerful that I can feel the way the cobblestone felt on my bare feet, or the taste of the dry salt rising from the ocean. Buildings that drip in tangerine colored stucco. Spicy red motorbikes throwing flirtatious winks in your direction. While bright turquoise colored doors make you swoon.
These photos are all trivial pieces to a larger place. But that moment carved out for these pauses delivers a sense of clarity for me. There’s no denying Playa del Carmen is drenched in rich color. And the vibrancy is so visually stunning that the other senses must jump alive to soak it in.