Always armed with a camera by his side, Diego Huerta is passionate about telling stories through his photography. Born and raised in Mexico, Huerta now operates out of Austin, Texas, but makes annual trips back to southern Mexico in order to collect portraits of the vivid cultural scene there. Examining the traditional displays of the local Zapotec people scattered throughout the state of Oaxaco, he celebrates the fleeting relationship forged between traveller and a community that has existed for centuries.
Exploring the world around him by meeting other communities allows Heurta to expand his personal perspective; this initiative to gain understanding is something that has helped to shape his current career path. “I know it may sound like a fantasy, but when I look at the people’s eyes, that’s when I know they are the right person to photograph,” he explains in an interview with Instagram Blog. His vibrant photographs capture the animation and pride that these local people have in their age-old customs and clothing. “As a commercial photographer, that kind of human connection makes me keep my feet on the ground.”