I can’t wait to get started on my new photo series. It’s going to be called, “Stoop Kid’s Afraid to Leave His Stoop” (thanks to “Hey Arnold,” a stupid cartoon I watched once during the 90s, for the title). It’ll be photos of people hanging out in their front doorways or, as the title suggests, stoops. Simple enough, right? As far as I can tell, this is a phenomena that is particularly unique to Tijuana and perhaps the rest of Mexico. The pace of life down there is noticeably slower, more relaxed and casual, and service workers sort of just sit about and observe passersby when they have nothing else to do.
Our anal, busy-body American culture doesn’t allow for this kind of behavior. Even if we dont’ have something to do, we busy ourselves by messing around on the Internet or creating meaningless projects or tasks. While we’re busily working life away, Mexicans our literally watching life pass them by. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, just different and worth noting.