Fotografia: Sam Robbins' "Las Muñecas"
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This past summer, Sam and Tom Robbins stole away from the heat and jumidity of central Ohio to the even greater heat of central Mexico. Traveling in semi-satelite formation partway around Mexico City through the states of Oaxaca, Puebla and Guanajuato, they turned their cameras onto streets, buildings and people.

A pair of teachers with a passion for photgraphy, they decided to take their hopbby to a new level this year and build a darkroom in their basement. They also share a taste for traveling off the beaten path (well away from resorts and standard tourist attractions) in sunlit zones from Arizona to Spain. The combination of the two loves resulted in Fotografias de Mexico, a quality exhibition of black and white images at MPX Gallery this month.

The subjects of the photographs indicate that neither artist has fully left his or her day job behind. Sam, a humanities teacher at New Albany High School, focuses her lens on the wizened, crevassed faces of older women as they sit on stoops or prepare tortillas in the kitchen. Tom, who teaches architecture at Columbus State, largely uses the bright equatorial daylight to catch shadows on weathered rooftops, door handles and cobblestone streets.

The 32 traditional silver gelatin prints of Fotografias de México are on display at MPX Gallery in Clintonville through November 29.

Tracy Zollinger Turner