We recently returned from a trip to Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, for the quinceanara of our grand-niece. Getting into Mexico was no problem; we just drove through from Calexico, California, to Mexicali, Mexico. Coming back was a different matter all together. We were in a line of cars for two and one-half hours, snaking along the approximately three mile path where border agents verified we weren’t carrying contraband of any kind and that we were legally able to enter the United States.
This queue made a captive audience of potential buyers for peddlers of all sorts. It also made for some interesting photos. Here are some of what I call Scenes from Inside a Car.
Looking for someone missing
The wall. The other side is California
Collecting plastic bottles
L’abuela selling Chiclets
Probably a Haitian refugee. She ducked behind a car when she saw my camera
To be a photographer you have to take photos. Lots of photos. Shoot everything. You never know what might become of it. Like this collection of shots from 30-60 years ago. Photography is a time capsule that captures what life was like way back when better than words ever could.
I’ve had this website for a few years, posting only pictures to pages. I decided it was time to start blogging about photography.
I’ve bounced around quite a bit in trying to decide what type of photography I want to do. After a couple of years I know I don’t want to do portraits or fashion/glamour except occasionally. I prefer the more gritty work that is called street photography. Street photography is a photographic genre that attempts to capture life as it happens, good or bad. One of the best definitions is in this blog post by Eric Kim.
Many of the iconic photographs that everyone knows are examples of street photography. These include Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange; the Afghan girl from the cover of National Geographic; and the napalm girl from the cover of Time Magazine.
There’s a story behind every street photograph. Some stories are monumental, like the stories behind these three shots. Some are not. But the story is as important as the photo.
Afghan girl. Photographer Steve McCurry
Photographer Dorothea Lange