Nature captured in photos at Casa de Cultura Banamex

By Antonio De Jesús Aguado

A collection of photographs that capture beautiful natural landscapes in Mexico is being exhibited in Casa del Mayorazgo de la Canal. Through the exhibit “Photography and Nature, The Art of Conservation,” it is possible to take visual a journey through deserts, forests, seas and the most attractive corners of Mexico. The exhibition was inaugurated by the executive coordinator of Fondo de Cultura Banamex, Ignacio Alberto Monterrubio, on May 18. The show includes 30 images resulting from a photo competition held in 1999 by Fondo de Cultura Banamex and nonprofit organizations such as Agrupación Sierra Madre, The Body Shop, World Wildlife Foundation and Unidos por la Conservación (United for Conservation). More than 14,000 images were submitted. The purpose of the contest was to promote nature photography in the country.

The exposition has been divided in five sections. The first includes photographs of desert flora such as a young cactus and chamomile in the Desert Arroyo of Baja California Sur or a desert coral blooming over volcanic ashes. The second includes underwater images of creatures such as two sea lions and a green turtle from the Pacific in its natural habitat. The third features photographs of flowers, the fourth fauna, and the fifth macro photography, with stunning close-ups. The images are accompanied by quotations from authors who found inspiration for their work in Mexican landscapes, such as Octavio Paz, who wrote, “The green bathtub creates gardens, jungles, meadows, foliages where the lyrics sing, words that are trees, phrases that are green constellations.”

These winning images stand out for the photographers’ delicate handling of light, artistic composition, knowledge of the subject matter and their endeavor to transmit Mexico’s extraordinary biological diversity and to speak of conservation. Some of the images were even taken from hot-air balloons.

The gallery is open every day, 9am–6pm, free of charge. Guided visits for the general public are offered Monday through Friday at 12, 1, 4 and 5pm, also without cost. For more information call 152-7584. The Casa de Cultura Banamex is located at the corner of calles Canal and Hidalgo.


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