Last month I had the opportunity of being a student at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Mexico City. I wanted to share a little bit of my experience there and the project I worked on:
Since we have only 5 days to develop everything I came with the idea of bringing a new project I would like to keep developing afterwards, and using these days as a learning curve to see what work and what didn´t, new approaches and of course getting the important feedback of my mentors: Oscar Castillo and Natalie Keyssar.
If it wasn´t good already I had the opportunity to have a portfolio review with Andrea Bruce, whom I deeply admire. And listened to the talks of amazing photographers, some of them such as Ron Haviv, Maggie Steber and Guillermo Cervera, touched topics rooted to my heart and I must admit I got a teary eye listening to their experiences.
To wrap it up, the topic I started to develop is about: Identity. How the Mexican youth see themselves in the future? Their dreams, aspirations, motivations... A lot of people talk about Mexicans migrating to achieve the so-called American Dream, but in here a big percentage of the youth is trying to reach also a Mexican Dream, and as soon as they finish their studies move to the capital since the idea and opportunities of professional growth are still very centralized. Here are some of my favorites shots that reflect the idea of this dream through their daily life.
Finally I would like to give a big thank you to all the foundry team who made this possible. I highly recommend attending to this workshop if you ever have the opportunity.
Native Agency is featuring on Instagram my on-going project on religion called: "Cultus". This is a series I took last year while travelling with Toño a 17 year old teenager from Puebla, who did the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe for the first time. I wanna thank them for the opportunity to tell this story.
Is that time of the year, tomorrow I'll be here again as part of my long-term project on faith and religion, photographing the Good Friday procession that takes place in Puebla, Mexico, which is one of the biggest religious events in Latin America.
I´m looking forward to share my work in the following days, wish me luck! The only downside is the sun, it gets very hot in here!
Next Sunday, thousands of Mexicans across the country will be gathering together to march, several organizations from different sectors are uniting efforts to held this massive march of Mexican Pride in response of the political, sociological and economical situation Mexico is going through.
The march will be taking place on Sunday 12th 2017 12:00hrs at the National Auditorium and will end at the Independence Angel @Mexico City.
Other states will be taking part too in different meeting points.
Some of the photos I took for the #womensmarch in Mexico City. Hundreds of people gathered outside the US embassy to take part in the global march; here we see the Angel of Independence, marchers and some cars waiting patiently.
Some of the photos I took for the #womensmarch in Mexico City. Hundreds of people gathered outside the US embassy to take part in the global march, Mexicans and Americans marched together screaming chants in both: English and Spanish.
After the rise of gasoline in Mexico, many Mexicans have gathered together to raise their voices against the federal government.
A lot of the media had spread fear among citizens talking about assaults happening around the cities, even though it holds some truth there is also bigger side of the picture hidden from the people.
Today January 7th 2017, Mexicans around the country gathered in their cities to protest in a pacific manner. A day before a voice message in Puebla was shared from Whatsapp, asking citizens to remain at their houses since the police was going to take active action against people no matter who they were (children, women, etc.) These tactics of fear are very common in Mexico but luckily some people ignored them and went outside to march, there was no use of force or clashing groups.
It is important to remain vocal when our rights are taken away from us.
12th of December is coming, and in Mexico it means: "Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe" also known as "The Mexican Virgin". She is one of the most beloved religious figures for Mexicans, who travel each year by bus, car, feet and even knees to meet her at the Basilica of Guadalupe, and ask her or thank her for all kinds of favors.
I´ll be following the pilgrimage of a family from Puebla City to Mexico City between the 11th and the 12th of December and posting on my social networks the process.