Plateros Zacatecas is the second most visited temple in Mexico after the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe, which is number one.
Plateros is a very small town, yet, so important to the Mexican identity. Plateros is located 5 kilometers from Fresnillo Zacatecas, my hometown. From Fresnillo you can bike to Plateros or simply walk all the way as so many pilgrims do. Actually a lot of pilgrims go the whole way on their knees or in all kinds of ritualistic manners, for Plateros is known as the Mexican “City of Miracles”. Too bad I can’t develop my 120 rolls to really show more what Plateros is all about. It’s just gonna have to wait ’til I get back to Europe but the most important thing about this location is its people.
In Plateros, there are beautiful Polaroid photographers, who happen to have BUILT their own cameras from scraps or whatever. The love that they have for photography is amazing and more than that, the love for what they do because if you see them it is like they have been there for ages and they just melt with the landscape.
When I was there, I saw 3 Polaroid photographers and I paid them 20 pesos each so that each of them would take a picture of me and I also made lots of pictures of them with my Mamiya 645J.
The patron saint of Plateros is Santo Niño de Atocha: the holy boy of Atocha. Don’t ask me how he got from Atocha, Spain to Fresnillo Zacatecas.
Anyway, there’s this guy who made this homemade layer mask in their cameras so that every Polaroid that they take has an image of Santo Niño, which I think is beautiful. Talk about old-school technology, these men have been manipulating their photos without even knowing that Photoshop has been in existence for years now.
Visit Plateros and BELIEVE! Because it is full of MIRACLES! And it is not only me who says so but people from all over the world, who came here to worship and believe. It’s also such a beautiful and friendly place.
PS. I love the little frames that they give you with their Polaroids, it’s beautiful. :) This was the best Lomography I did so far because it was not only about me but about THEM and the beautiful connection that we made despite our differences, stories, age, and whatever. What united us was our passion for making pictures and because we know the value of keeping a visual record of our life experiences no matter what when or where.