May 2012

In honor of Wirkutafest happening this weekend I’m finally going to post my photos from the mountains where I went last Semana Santa with my girls (Perla, Lupita, Linda, y Selena) and their parents, Vidal and Yolanda. I have known this four girls for six years now and had been waiting for an invitation to their pueblo in the Sierra Madre. We drove up through Tepic and arrived in San Andres Cohamiata (Vidal’s pueblo) for ten days. The Huichol are one of the last remaining indigenous people on this earth who still speak their own language, perform their native ceremonies, and create their native art. Anyone who knows me also knows that I am adorned by chaquira (the bracelets I always have and the native Huichol art) at all times. It was an honor to be invited and even more so to be allowed to take photos.

Land is sacred to Wirikuta and none more so the the land of the medicina peyote in the desert of San Luis Potosi. The efforts of Frente en Defensa de Wirikuta and the reason behind Wirikutafest is to preserve these sacred sites and raise awareness and funds to fight the mining and sale of this land to foreign corporations. For more information please go to their website. Preserving this ancient culture is not only important for the history of Mexico, but for the world.

Here’s the black and white from my time there. All shot on a mixture of Ilford film.



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  • debby - Love!

  • Catherine Abegg - Absolutely incredible… I’m in awe.

  • Kristin - these are so wonderful and real and display the spirit of the faces you captured beautifully!

  • Geigant - I haven’t any photos from my travel to the huichol ills,
    it misses me. So, thank you for these nice pictures!

Every year the amazing group of artists who live in and around San Pancho and form the Colectivo put on a festival, Sinergiarte. Every year we have a theme and this years was Mestizaje or mixed cultures (it’s actually much deeper than that, but for the purposes of this blog I’m going with it). This year was a bit different in that we had a week of events leading up to the two day festival. I’m finally getting around to post these and I’m going to have to break it up into two posts. Today is devoted to the parade and then Monday will be some highlights from the rest of the festival.

The amount of work that goes into an event like this is insane. Especially to a group of artists and musicians who live in Mexico and love that one of the perks is not necessarily┬áhaving to work every day. On top of that pretty much everyone in Mexico starts to celebrate the holidays as soon as school lets out and doesn’t stop until the 6th of January. It’s basically two full weeks of festivities all day long. Even with those obstacles in our way we still managed to pull it off.

Looking through these photos it’s so easy to see why I live here. I seriously love my life.

Lots of film in this one. Kodak Portra 400 and some crossed processed Holgas going on.





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  • Kristin - dude! I love these! that sunglasses reflection image is so great! and the woman in the midst of playing drums and all the beautiful faces! I can feel the fun and energy through your images. Your work blows me away!