Tijuana at night


                                                Photo by Nathan Gibbs

There’s something I find remarkably peaceful about Tijuana at night when you look at it from the nearby hills. The effect is particularly strong as you drive from the plateau of Otay Mesa downhill towards the city’s center, a sensation that is comparable to coming in for landing by plane. From around a curve in the road, the sparkle of city lights becomes a glittery sea. It’s as if millions of stars have fallen from the sky to rest on the ground. Perhaps I find it so stunning because I am aware the calm is illusionary, interrupted by the evil deeds of drug traffickers and other criminals who operate in the city. For a brief moment, however, the lights snuff out the darkness and bring a sheen of magic to the city’s doorstep.

My own photography efforts have failed to capture this mood, so I’m posting a beautiful Tijuana night photo by Nathan Gibbs, per the stipulations of his creative commons license.  Go to this page for the full effect of a street time-lapse that can also be found directly on his blog, http://www.nathangibbs.com

9 responses to “Tijuana at night

  1. Just got back from Tijuana myself. One of hour hosts took us to his home, perched on a cliff overlooking the Playas de Tijuana. Unfortunately, my camera did not take very good night shots for some reason — they came out blurred no matter how much I fiddled with the settings.

  2. You’re right – that’s another amazing view of Tijuana. Many of these hillside homes in Tijuana have spectacular views that almost make me want to own one due to Tijuana’s angular, geometric landscape.

  3. that is an amazing picture!

  4. Isn’t it? that’s the talented Nathan Gibbs for you…he’s got more stuff on his Flickr page:

  5. The westward trek from Otay is one of my favorite Tijuana drives, too. I’d like to let myself believe the calm that such a scene invokes is indeed true and that the collective presence of the city’s humble residents will ultimately overcome the horrendous doings of a power-crazed few.

  6. Another nice view of the region – from north of the border – is heading into Tijuana from the 805, somewhere near the 905.

  7. muy chilo! great article..come by my blog…

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