The first time I traveled to Mexico City was during the swine flu in 2009. The city was shut down. Streets and sidewalks empty, and all stores and restaurants closed. I was curious to know what the city was like on a normal day, and last weekend a friend and I had a chance to play tourists and see the sites, which also included the annual Gay Pride Parade and a Mexico vs USA soccer match.
I spent a couple days in Guanajuato researching a new project. This is one of the most precious towns I have ever been too. This old mining town is a labrynth of little alleyways and cobblestone streets, colorful buildings and music that echoes throughout this colonial and romantic city. here are a few snaps...
Last week I found myself back in the vineyards for an assignment about vineyard workers. I had forgotten how beautiful it is up there and how i miss working in this area, particularly doing stories around the migrant population and winemaking.
I was up real early to beat the approaching rain storm that would have cancelled any work that morning. Luckily it was only sprinkling and the storm gave me a an hour and half before it began to dump big drops of rain.
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US immigration policy has become so complicated and upside down that politicians just can't figure out a more efficient system to allow migrants from Central America and Mexico work legally in the U.S. Although there is a work visa, H2A, the red tape and paper work make it very daunting and nearly impossible for any company to provide visas for their workers.
Many migrant workers would tell you simply that they would much rather work legally, although most from the Napa Valley pay income tax, and have a safer journey from Mexico then the dangerous crossing that they have been doing for decades. Many Americans complain that they take away jobs from citizens, but many of those same people refuse to work these jobs the migrants do. It is a complicated and emotional issue for both sides, but the Napa Valley has figured out a way to make it work for them and the multi-million dollar wine industry.
I have a big heart for horses. So i thought i share this poem that ive had for years, yellowed and torn from a sunday magazine.
In its stall stands the 19th century,
its hide a hot sudder of satin, head stony and willful,
an eye brown as a river and watchful:
of a hard, dirty army of hooves.
by Ted Kooser
Thanks to colleague Russell Yip at the San Francisco Chronicle my wedding work was featured among other amazingly talented wedding photographers in the San Francisco/Bay Area! Because I'm also an editorial photographer, i do a limited number of weddings per year. Most of my wedding income goes toward financing documentary projects. so know that when you hire me to shoot your wedding, you're also supporting independent, documentary photography! what a good feelin' right?!
Naomi Lawler, 34, an American expat living in San Miguel de Allende, originally from Wisconsin by way of San Diego, dedicates her weekends to two orphaned sisters, Angeles and Elena. She has been a host mother to the girls, whose ages are around 5 and 8-years-old, for nearly two years.
I'm working on a storyboard about a little surf town in Mexico and got distracted in making these images of local surfers for the blog to share. These guys have seen their little fishing village transform over the past 10 yrs to a tourist destination. And now, themselves have gained a little from the tourism, such as providing a business teaching surfing, or taking surfers out on charter boats, and family business of restaurants and bars.
The last couple of months I have been helping facilitate a fundraiser for Project Luz, a photojournalism workshop program for marginalized youth in Mexico. The fundraising event takes place this Friday, June 26, at 111 Minna from 5-9 pm. Funds raised at this event will go directly to three workshops this summer in the states of Sonora, Mexico, and Oaxaca. We will have raffle prizes, silent print auction and live music. This will be a very fun event!! I hope to make it to one of the workshops to teach.