Two markets from two towns, one in the Old World and one in the New World.
Despite their obvious different economic starting points, the mood in Mexico is optimistic, with the feeling that people’s lives will improve over time whereas the feeling in Spain is that the country is in decline with people’s standards of living being reduced.
San Cristóbal de las Casas lies in the Highlands of Chiapas, one of the remoter and poorer regions of Mexico, and its economy is based on commerce, services and tourism.
Medina del Campo in Spain was one of the three largest medieval fairs in Europe, trading in wool and textiles, and then banking and books, which were often printed and exported to the New World where they were bound. It now concentrates on furniture, metal and agriculture.
Bio: Mike Pevsner is a London-based fine art and commercial photographer. He received an MA in Photography in 2013 at the London College of Communication after completing a postgraduate certificate at Central Saint Martins in 2011. His project ‘Working From Home’ was Highly Commended in 2013 by the Sproxton Photography Award, and can be seen in the Personal/Projects section which contains his artistic output.
His commercial work mainly specialises in pictures of artistic endeavour including architecture, music and ceramics. www.mikepevsner.com
Synopsis: The 2008 global crisis has affected the Old World and the New World differently, as shown by the World Bank databank graph, which shows that Mexico quickly recovered from the crisis and is in growth again whereas the Spain economy has only recently bottomed out.