LA MADONNA DEL MERCADO:
(MADONNA OF THE MARKET)
This young girl caught my eye in the public market in Oaxaca. She was helping her mother sell fruits and vegetables that were spread out on blankets and stacked in piles. Her juxtaposition with the uniformed schoolgirl behind her is emblematic of Central and South America; ie. the tension between the insular, traditional world of the indigenas and modernity.
AVENIDA 16 DE SEPTIEMBRE:
When I first looked up at the sign in the background the little girl in the center was peeking over the wall and looking at me. When I set up the camera the other two older girls climbed up and sat on the wall, clearly wanting to be seen.
VIVA LA VIRGEN:
Small street level chapels are common in Mexico City and open to anyone that wants to walk in. In this chapel in the San Angel district the women were praying to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We spent a morning filming villagers working a patch of terraced farmland in the mountains above Ambato, Ecuador. When we finished I got out the still camera. Later that day we went even higher into the mountains to another village so remote that even the footpaths ended above it. No one spoke Spanish up there, so the Quechua speaker that accompanied us translated for us. Though I never took the camera out at the higher village the images of that place, especially the faces of the women, remain in my head.