Colorful hand made toys at a street market in Real del Monte, Mexico.

I was quite an expert with the Bolero, (Cup and ball) a few years back, I have spent way too much time playing with sting activated Pirinolas (Spinning tops) and I still have one of these colorful wooden yo-yos stuck in a drawer somewhere. I guess my fascination with simple wooden toys will never end. When I die, please burry me with a yoyo in my pocket and a bolero in my hand. ⬇

Real del Monte, Hidalgo Mexico; Olympus E-3, 54mm, 1/80, f/4.5, ISO 200

FEATURED in The World Oct. 17, 2011

FEATURED in Latin America Nov. 2011

FEATURED in Olympus and 4/3rds Nov. 2011


mexico, real del monte, urban, toys, tops, yo yo, spindle, ball and spindle, truck, car, airplane, wood, wooden, craft, artisen, artisano, juguete, camion, coche, dado, balero, pirinola

My focus as a photographer and digital artist ranges from traditional photography to PhotoArt compilation and the less explored world of abstract design created with natural elements such as smoke, oil and water.

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  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 3 years ago

    These just shout “Mexico” by the bright and cheery colours, Richard! A very attractive shot! ;o)

  • Attractive indeed. My daughters have to pull me away from these toy booths at the market, or I’ll spend all day there. Thank you for your great comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 3 years ago

    oh Richard, just love this!! it’s like a pocketful of childhood treasures in this colorful & wonder-full frame!! xx I want a yoyo too :):) xx

  • Yes, I’d have them all if I could – but one must be prudent (Or so my mother used to say). I’ll send you one of the yo-yos if you’ll give me your address. (Via b-mail of course).
    Thanks again for your attention and great comments :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesalmost 3 years ago

    these nice bright colors might make a good iPhone case! well done!

  • Hey that’s a great idea. I’ll have to try it out.
    Thank you!

    – Richard G Witham

  • Eivor Kuchta
    Eivor Kuchtaalmost 3 years ago

    Very striking colors, but a little too messy for my taste. That’s how I feel about it. There’s no focus point, but my eyes keep going to the upper right corner, since there’s something that’s different from the rest of the toys. Beautiful collection, anyway! Is it yours?

  • Thanks Eivor. This is a collection of toys at a booth in an outdoor market in Mexico. I did compose the image with the airplane as the focal point and used a shallow DOF to bring attention to the foreground, but it’s still rather a jumble. I think that’s part of what makes these market scenes unique and inviting. Especially for big kids like me :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolalmost 3 years ago

    Nice clarity and colors!

  • Thank you Joni :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Thomas Barker-Detwiler
    Thomas Barker-...almost 3 years ago

    Richard, Please submit this to Speaking Photos AND THE WORLD – Photos Only – location required, 2/24
    . Really fine image, Thanks, Tom

  • Thank you Tom for your nice comments and for the invites :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago

    Great color harmony and comp, love the vibrancy and unique perspective!

  • Thank you very much Darlene :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 3 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhhh wonderful!!!!!

  • Grazie di nuovo Guendalyn :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • anisja
    anisjaalmost 3 years ago

    Very colorful and very nice .

  • Thank you Anisja :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 3 years ago

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