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I found this street performer after almost bumping into him. Having never seen something like this, my mom swore he was a mannequin until he changed his pose. Yes, I know what he does is probably dangerous, depending on what he uses to paint himself. But, he is, like my mom says, "haciendole la lucha", or making the effort to survive.
I imagine that kid hasn't been convinced.
My mom, at 70 years old, goes walking from this side of the bridge in El Paso, Tx, to Juarez, Mex, about 2-3 times a week to run various errands, buying prescriptions for herself and her older buddys and family, buying groceries, etc, often walking more than 3 to four miles a day. She also gives sandwiches, food, and bottled water to some of the homeless along her path. For those of you not in the know, Juarez has been deemed one of the most dangerous cities in the world with easily more than 2000 murders in the past year and a half, a product of a bloody drug war. No, foreigners are not welcome. The local American Army base, Ft. Bliss, prohibits its soldiers and workers from crossing the border. In response to the violence, the Mexican government has sent more than 10,000 soldiers and state police to try to control the situation, often with tactics that are just as bloodthirsty. My moms and my mexican roots offer no safety. Regardless my mom still goes and I still go to accompany her when I can. My mom simply says God is her bodyguard :/
Yes I was scared to some degree. I already look like a big bald foreigner and add to that my new big camera and I receive TOO much attention. My size offers no protection against bullets or street law. But after seeing my work, Mom said I should record her "buddies" for posterity and so others, mostly me, can see what she sees.
Until I write a full story...
In the There, but for the Grace of God, go I photo essay.
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