I was on a day tour in Chiapas, Mexico, when I met this woman who was making tortillas. We’d visited the mysterious Chamula church and the nearby Mayan cemetery in the highlands, then stopped off at a local arts and crafts center to check out the weavings. While there, we had the chance to meet the local indigenous, who speak the Mayan language Tzotzil.
Making Tortillas, Being in the Moment
There was something about this woman and scene that caught my eye. I liked her colorful clothing and the coolness of the earth–the walls and ground. More than that, however, I think it was that she seemed very in the moment as she worked.
In fact, it didn’t seem like she was really working. She was simply making tortillas.
By the way, we got to sample the tortillas. I don’t remember what topping or fillings there were–it’s been a few years–but I do remember that they were delicious. Authentic Mexican food. Not the fake stuff made to cater to traveling or ex-pat gringos. And they were the perfect meal during a day of local tours!
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix E900
F stop: 2.8
Shutter: 1/30 second
Setting: Natural light
Have you been to Mexico? Have you had tortillas fresh off the grill? Where were you and how were they?
If you haven’t been to Mexico, would you like to go? If so, where?