Fassaden (Facades)

In 1975, Joachim Giesel traveled to Mexico and visited the fishing village of Progreso on the north coast of the Yucatán province. Fascinated by the town’s colorful and varied house facades, Giesel captured them in photographs. For his “Facades” series, the photographer unusually chose color film to capture the broad color spectrum of the house fronts in warm turquoise, blue and red tones. He always stood in front of the facades and photographed them from a central perspective. The village appears to be empty, with not a soul to be seen on the streets. Nevertheless, a parked bicycle and a stray dog hint at human existence in the village.