Photo I shot many years ago at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
It is a face I still remember. Just as we are prone to photograph a vivid sunset for our eyes sake into posterity, so I felt with this beautiful girl.
I never knew who she was. It must have been 2006. I was shooting photos at the border city’s downtown. There was some kind of event which for some reason organizers called it a callejoneada. Then I saw her up in the air. Well, she wasn’t literally floating or anything. She was an edecan of sorts for some beer. An edecan is a girl that promotes products, yes, usually on the ground. But for some reason she was up there, I can’t even remember on what.
Whatever she was doing up there she was teasing us with her girly smile and zesty eyes. I wanted to get up close but I also remember why I couldn’t. Believe me when I say I don’t suffer from memory loss (at least not yet). But he encounter had me confused with loss of time, just like abductees describe their horrid experiences with aliens. Except there was nothing nightmarish about this, but quite the contrary.
If you are out there, I would love to know at least who you are. If you know her, please let her know about this mini-quest of mine to find her. She may still be living in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Whatever the case, please let her know I took this picture. At least that.
I love to do portraitures with everyday girls and women I meet out there. From the most elaborate to the simplest (like in this case) I ask if they’ll like to model. Usually many don’t know consider themselves as models — you’d be surprised the huge low self-esteem that roams amongst women.
People I know are fascinated by how I approach them — I’m not. So here’s how I do it, I simply approach a totally strange female and ask them if they would like being photographed (either on the spot or by appointment, depends of the kind of girl). Sometimes this takes place at public places, i.e. movie theaters, parks, grocery stores, malls, museums, and even at kid’s parties (yeah, I’m a dad, so I don’t frequent actual parties, lol).
And actually people do get excited, especially if there’s a husband or boyfriend involved since they encourage them. But I don’t do it massively, or randomly. First of all they have to be a girl I see myself photographing. Second, they need to have an air of je ne sais quoi that tells me she may be willing to do so. After all, a camera lens can be intimidating and even invasive.
So even though I state they are MY models, they’re actually ordinary people, moms, or college students. Tricky part is they have to be of legal age, and sometimes when they’re underage (search for my teen model Adriana) I must have her parent’s/guardian’s permission.
Street photography I shot at Mexico City metro area, in public transportation.
There is beauty that goes beyond expensive cosmetics or posh clothes, a beauty that emerges from the soul and youth. And youth just like a flower is gorgeous for an ephemeral time, and then fades leaving a wake of mementos. But the young don’t care, they just anticipate the future without realizing it is they who are at the pinnacle of life.
Photo I shot at Mexico City metropolitan area. The urban sprawl is so huge that it encompasses several states. Public transportation varies from place to place within the greater Mexico City area to be able to cover all districts and boroughs.
At public transportation key places where routes link it is common to see street vendors and eateries. You can find tortas (the equivalent of hamburgers made out of french bread) as low as 1 dollar*, or amaranth bars (the ones they sell you at posh nutritional store elsewhere in the world) as low as 50 US cents*.
In this case this gorgeous lady sells jicama, which is not only nutritional but low-fat. She sells them cut and already ready set to-go. In other places they make their form as lollipops, called jicaretas. But in general you can have them prepared with chilli powder, chilli sauce, lemon, etcetera. Long ago they carried them out in the open, but now most jicama and fruit vendors display them inside a glass-protected case.
When in doubt, whenever you are going to buying food or fruit, be sure to ask them how do they prepare it. It varies from place to place, and one can learn more about how to eat it.
* Prices are given according to current peso-US dollar conversion.
Jicama vendor at Mexico City. Copyright 2013 Miguel Omaña.