Home is Where the Heart Is ! by photosbytony

Canvas Prints

Available to buy on…

Home is Where the Heart Is ! by 

Featured in “Days Gone By” 5/8/11

In the late 60’s through the 70’s Mexico City was growing at a rate of 24000 people a month. Most of these people were from rural areas and were subsistence farmers. Many were not familiar with indoor plumbing, the only electricity they knew was a bare bulb sometimes hanging outside their palm thatched huts. They came for work and were unprepared for the city. Many settled in Shanty Towns, called Lost Cities in Mexico, on the outskirts of the city. Cardboard, plastic, corrugated metal and scrap wood homes huddled closely together with open sewers running between them. They were constantly harrassed by the police and told me at night bulldozers would sometimes collapse the walls of the exterior huts. The government wanted them to move saying they would build housing but the residents didn’t trust them and had nowhere to go. The leader of this settklement of 5000 people was a school teacher who lived in the center of the maze with uzzi carrying security at different checkpoints as you were led through the maze. I spent a day inside the one of these settlements in the early 70’s getting to know the people and photographing them. This is a fairly typical one room dwelling although they had a pretty big bed compared to others.

152 views as of 7/2/11

Tri-X Scanned Film, Nikkormat Camera with either a 50 or 35 mm lens.


  • moyo
    moyoover 3 years ago

    they are poor and look happier than the richest. life is clearly not all about money.
    great documentary capture, tony.

  • Thank You Ursa! Your comment echos my thought as I took this photo. Living in a shantytown, outside the doorway to their home with so very little but happy smiles all around, so genuine and real. tony

    – photosbytony

  • infiniteme
    infinitemeover 3 years ago

    A great capture of happiness through adversity and the wealth of the human spirit.

    Without knowing the timeline of this capture, a naive eye could presume the lady on the left was texting, such is her concentration on her hands. Great work Tony :-)

  • Thank you for the great comment Zoe! Wish I had named it “Wealth of the Human Spirit”. I’ll steal that one for another photo hopefully! :) I’ll give you full credit! tony

    – photosbytony

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 3 years ago

    This epotmizes the love of life no matter what the condition…very nice shot!

  • Thanks Richard, that is how I felt, you express it better than I can with words.

    – photosbytony

  • rob castro
    rob castroover 3 years ago

    reminds me of my home… poignant… great capture, tony

  • Thanks, I’ll be waiting for the self portrait at the entry to your home! :) tony

    – photosbytony

  • infiniteme
    infinitemeover 3 years ago
    <quietly blushes>…. happy to assist :-))
  • :))))) tony

    – photosbytony

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 3 years ago

    These woman are sharing in the fun-loving hearts of the children. And their children are all the richer for it. The heart holds the most valuable treasures of all.

  • Thank You Frannie for such a wonderful comment! tony

    – photosbytony

  • zdepe
    zdepeover 3 years ago

    nice shot

  • Thank You Zdepe! tony

    – photosbytony

  • Adnane Mouhyi
    Adnane Mouhyiover 3 years ago

    Very meaningful photography and title. Great shot!

  • Thank You Adnane! tony

    – photosbytony

  • oulgundog
    oulgundogover 3 years ago

  • The Trifecta!!!! I don’t live far from the track, maybe this is a sign to pay a visit! LOL Thanks tony

    – photosbytony

  • papayas
    papayasover 3 years ago

    ° schön gezeichnet!

  • Thank You ! tony

    – photosbytony

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.