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In San Miguel, Mexico

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Down in San Miguel for the month working with the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.  It’s a vibrant city, easy to find picturesque scenes.  The inherent challenge for me in cities like this, is to find my own voice.  To stray away from the town center, the postcard pictures and the expected.  cartoon

Had my first experience with this a few nights ago.  Went to the Casino Bar with some friends to play some pool.  The Casino has a back room where the local men gather to play dominoes.  I approached them slowly, hanging out in the doorway and discussing dominoe strategy in broken Spanish.  Didn’t break out the camera for at least an hour, until after I had already played a game with them.    By then they were somewhat amused and comfortable with my presence.  Those are the moments I seek when traveling, when the photography is secondary to the encounter.

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Written by Spelman

10/25/2009 at 2:46 pm

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