I watched this fellow for a couple days while staying in Orizaba, Mexico. The haphazard painting on the abandoned building seemed to mean something, but I couldn’t put my finger on it.

I asked the man if I could take his photo and he seemed very proud to be asked as he gleefully agreed. And, then I stood back… across the street and watched him add more daubs of paint here and there. He’d then pose himself… almost as an element in his own painting… along the sidewalk.

Passersby paid him no heed. Very strange.

Eventully some ol’ woman came up to me and asked why I was watching that crazy man. She said he does this everyday. He paints a little blob on that old building… then stands in front of it as if he’s “somebody”. Crazy man! You should stay away from him.

“Crazy”? I don’t think so… I say, Brilliant!!!

Orizaba, Mexico

Skip Hunt, born on the wind-swept plains of Oklahoma, is a professional photographer in Austin, Texas. He picked up a 35mm camera in the mid-1970’s and has never stopped sharing his unique vision via photographic images.

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  • Judith Oppenheimer
    Judith Oppenhe...almost 7 years ago

    I think you’ve captured something, and someone, quite remarkable here. Wonderful portrait of an artist and his work.

  • thanks! It pleased me to photograph a fellow artist and one who’d been shunned by the dreadful dull masses.

    – Skip Hunt

  • hud45
    hud45almost 7 years ago

    this is a beauty..

  • Alessandro Pinto
    Alessandro Pintoalmost 7 years ago

    great one…!!! well done indeed !

  • Barbara Rahal
    Barbara Rahalalmost 7 years ago


  • linaji
    linajialmost 7 years ago

    This story as well as your portrait has me reeling. I must use this image/story in some future work of mine..writing that is. Such depth and passion in this man!!

  • AustinTexas
    AustinTexasover 6 years ago

    Brilliant indeed! This is gorgeous.. with a wonderful story.. great pov!

  • Karen Stackpole
    Karen Stackpoleabout 6 years ago

    Wow, great capture, great exposure, detail expressions and use of natural colours to highlight subject

  • sami al-haj
    sami al-hajalmost 6 years ago

    amazing shot

  • gary A. trounson
    gary A. trounsonover 5 years ago

    Great shot and well told. Viewed images on your website…great images and complimentary colours…G.T….>>>>

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Halmost 5 years ago

    excellent portrait! great details!

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