Today is a day to do just that, take a deep breath and receive the moment. The time Cameras 4 Change has spent here in Mexico has been in a word magic, or as they say here, “magico”. Much like the beat of the drums of the Aztec Concheros, we have been drawn to the rhythm of many different ways of life here in Mexico. First with the IRRI/Paz Paz Bus Project (partners include IRRI arms Isla Urbana, Sistema Biobolsa and Proyecto ConcentrArte) In DF, the largest city in North America, with over 30 million people, you can imagine the hustle, but we worked in Quiltepec, high on the south side overlooking the teaming city. Life here is very different and the community amazed us with their ingenuity, and pride. This coming Saturday we will finish the project there, culminating in a local exhibit and celebration.
As part of our objective with Cameras 4 Change, we also love to provide key imagery for the organizations we work with. This trip certainly provided that opportunity. Two of the partners Isla Urbana and ConcentrArte work in La Cebolleta, a remote Huichol community deep and high in the Sierra Madres. Working on this project named Hata Tukari (Water is Life in the Huichol language Wirikuta) was an astounding experience, away from wifi via a 15 hour journey. We also met and worked with Taller Lu’um (Mother Earth in Mayan) is the inception of partners Santiago Cosio Pando and Alan Favero. The organization works with different indigenous women in Mexico providing a business model for women to sell handmade artisinal goods. Since “transformation” is one of our tag words, the time spent in this community was exactly that!
I was also able to take a small printer and make photos for some of the community there, it was very exciting to share images of them with them! Photos are so important to people, so make sure you print some of yours soon!! I can not wait to share some of the images!