Friday, 29 October 2010

mexico's island of the dolls

In the remains of the Aztec canals of Xochimilico in south Mexico, a collection of talismans to outdo the Blair Witch Project have become, as Weburbanist summarised perfectly (with great photos) Mexico's "Creepiest Tourist Destination". Land on one particular stretch and you're surrounded by thousands of old, disfigured, eyeless, dirty dolls, many hanging from the trees. Part shrine, part juju, the dolls were collected by a hermit to honour and appease the spirit of a young girl who had drowned nearby. There's a clutch of pictures on flickr but, for me, Jade Cantwell's Holga shots (pictured, my favourite) capture the eerieness.

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