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Collection: PHOTO ESSAY - 7
Camera: Fujifilm X-E2
Location: Oaxaca, Mexico
Date Uploaded: Mar 1, 2015

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At the very end of 2014 we went for a few days for the first time to Mexico: the Huatulco Gulf and Oaxaca.
I returned with a big number of snapshots, a journal of sorts that I am trying to organize by theme.
The first part is about the children, these little souls that seem to have sprung from the depth of the earth after one of those numerous earthquakes that shake the area. They have a grave beauty, they can be impish and playful; they are sorrowful, wise and ageless, they are brooding, they are mysterious; they are aloof; their smile is radiant but given with economy, they are working next to their family or working on their own using all that talents that God gave them.

My photo sketches are simplistic; each one is like a bookmark for a book that I could not find yet.

This part 1 of the Oaxaca Journal can be viewed at:
Mariuca photo essay, Oaxaca Journal

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03/11/2015 11:29:01 AM
adorable children, beautiful colors. I do love your photography Mariuca, keep em coming.
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03/10/2015 12:25:17 PM
I enjoyed this essay very much. I feel like I need more information to fill in some blanks and since this is Part 1 I will look forward to more parts. Bright, colorful, toys, balloons, families together. Many of the children have an adult in tow so a strong sense of family ties. A couple of children alone on the street singing for money. At this point I most like Don's idea of in-between moments as a way to think about this work. I am looking forward to Part 2.
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03/08/2015 07:07:51 AM
You show the amazing difference between the expressiveness and honesty of the children, and the hardened maturity or resignation of the adults. It is, for me, a very compelling travesty, perhaps I'm being too presumptuous or ignorant. But that is how it makes me feel when I see these kind of shots. I sincerely thank you for taking me there, I don't know that I would have the foresight, courage or opportunity to do so. Your essay has such a heartfelt humanity about it, different from your formal city shots, but then again, there are similarities.
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03/08/2015 06:39:11 AM
I enjoyed your essay - very much an essay I could see myself also shooting. Small vignettes into daily life in Oaxaca. I always look forward to your contributions in this side challenge.
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03/06/2015 05:46:06 AM
Originally posted by posthumous:

one more thing, capturing in-between moments, moments without "moment", you show a respect and empathy missing from a typical National Geographic photo essay of a foreign locale. You are, in fact, undermining their foreign-ness to accentuate their human-ness.

I was going to post a luke-warm review of this essay until I read the quoted comment from Don. It made me look again, and reconsider my position by opening my eyes to what I'd missed or under-estimated. He's right about your reverence for the subjects, such that they aren't subjects at all but extensions of yourself. The idea of moments without "moment" is a perfect characterisation of this essay. You have honored these children by inviting them across to your side of the lens, and yourself to theirs. Hence the anti-NatGeo tribute. It's indeed the work of a humanist first and photographer only second. Thank you.
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03/04/2015 02:58:24 PM
one more thing, capturing in-between moments, moments without "moment", you show a respect and empathy missing from a typical National Geographic photo essay of a foreign locale. You are, in fact, undermining their foreign-ness to accentuate their human-ness.
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03/04/2015 02:56:25 PM
p.s. I also thought the diptych seemed out of place, but it was beautiful so I forgave you.
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03/04/2015 02:55:37 PM
This are excellent examples of "slice of life" photographs, to put it crudely. Instead of a Decisive Moment, it's more like in-between moments, when the girl on the left is making a funny face, moments of blur, moments of chase (but of course these are all decisive moments and Bresson knew that, but maybe not all of his disciples do). I look forward to more parts of this journal.
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03/03/2015 10:45:40 PM
Mariuca, I was expecting pictures of hoods, boots, gloves, and piles of snow.

These images are very exotic to me. We have latino communities here but itís not the same. You have done a nice job capturing the street life of the children of Oaxaca. I can see the close family ties, traditional values and of course beautiful colors. For me, the lone diptych seems a little out of place. The white formal dresses worn by the young girls are striking but youíve covered this in other images. I really enjoyed your story and imagine others are in the works. Thanks

Message edited by author 2015-03-04 14:48:05.
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