Oaxaca, Mexico, is a gorgeous state full of rich culture and and beautiful traditions— as are the women of this beautiful land. Located just five hours south of Mexico City, Oaxaca still encompasses many old Mexican customs and photographer Diego Huerta is capturing the bounty of colors one click at a time.
“There’s a place, between the dream and the reality, there’s a place named Oaxaca,” Huerta writes on Instagram. The Austin-based photographer has been shooting in Oaxaca for some time, and who could blame him with so much beauty around.
According to the Oaxaca Fund Initiative, the state has the greatest bio-diversity in the country, and it includes “nearly every type of ecosystem that exists in Mexico.”
The state is also home to 30 percent of Mexico’s total indigenous population. “Of the 3.5 million people residing in the region today, over a third speak an indigenous language such as Zapoteco, Mixteco, Chatino, Trique, and Mixe. As a group, Oaxacans speak over fourteen indigenous languages and ninety dialects. Indigenous traditions are still a prominent part of life today as manifested by traditional dress, cuisine, festivities, and community structure.”
And the ratio of women to men (15 to 1) is astounding. It’s no wonder that Huerta has an abundance of women to photograph.
“I was struck by all the colors and by the faces of the various delegations, and I wanted to know where they came from,” Huerta said in an interview with The Huffington Post. “It was at that moment that I knew I had to go to their place of origin to know more about their traditions and customs and document them via my portraits.”
Whether you’re into photography, art, Mexican culture, or travel, we highly suggest following Huerta on Instagram and Facebook. He is very detailed about his work, how he captures an image, what it takes to get at the truth of a subject and it’s amazing. So if you can’t get to Mexico right now, his pictures are the next big thing.
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