From the Archive

    From the Archive is a regular column that features one image from our archive and appears every Thursday. LUCEO Images has a thorough group archive (keyword search bar, top right here on the LUCEO site) and it can be found here.

    This week we are featuring a photo taken in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico by Kendrick Brinson.

    About the image:

    “It has taken me a while–much longer than you’d think necessary–to embrace simple, “artsy” photos. I went to photojournalism school, so I learned that unless you are taking an occasional detail photo, a photo without a person was usually a wasted frame.

    I take these simple, quiet photos often when my mind wanders and I used to just dump them until about a year ago. This image above comes from a collection of images taken along the streets of Oaxaca City, Mexico in November of last year. My thoughts were lost in translation with the residents and I was in my head more than usual. I was amazed with the simple beauty of the walls of the colonial buildings throughout the beautiful city–they were covered in layer after layer of paint, with amazing textures and old pasted posters. I didn’t realize it then, but this was the start of my more simple imagery, which really rears its head in my Sun City: Life After Life essay. I think a simple, clean portrait of a place can often say more than a face or a layered image. Those images can add a nice balance to a collection of photos, as well as a moment for the eye to rest when placed in a sequence.” -Kendrick Brinson

    You can see all the images in this gallery in our archive here.