It has been a whirlwind of a last few weeks to say the least and life is not slowing down yet. Mexico was a wonderful trip, full of many experiences, flavors and memories. A couple days before we set on the long road trip home, Ali and I had the amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph the Native-Mexican Yaqui people. The Yaqui are very private and have been photographed only a handful of times in the past.
Here are a few images from that evening that are my favorites.
We watched this woman make tortillas, her hands moving faster then our shutter could capture, squishing the tortillas and making them into the perfect circles. Her daily chore is making 100 tortillas from 10 kilos of dough by hand which takes several hours and lasts at most 3 meals. The tortillas are cooked for mere seconds, atop their down turn cultivator disk, an important commodity in any of the Yaqui villages.
When we said good bye to the Yaqui people I was sad yet full of happiness. Sad to have to say good bye so soon after arriving, before I had time to get to know them, yet so glad I even had the opportunity to meet them.
On the trip home, we made overnight stops at the Grand Canyon and in California. The Grand Canyon is amazing to see, I never imagined that it could be that large. We also didn’t realize that it could be cold at 7000 ft so we had not packed for… SNOW! Driving up to the Grand Canyon we drove into a snow and hail storm which luckily finished before we went out the next morning to the Canyon. We got a few hours of not so restful sleep at the hotel before photographing the sun rise in the canyon.
In California the weather was gorgeous again and the beaches sure looked inviting! We picked some lemons off the tree in Ali’s in-laws yard and made the best lemon aid I have ever had. The lemons smelled so wonderful and fragrant, much better then anything at the supermarkets here. It was hard to leave the State I love so much.
Keep your eyes out for lots of activity on this blog in the near future. I will be posting a video that Ali and I created for a multimedia class on the Yaqui people and our experience with them, the wedding I second shot this past Monday and several bridals that I am photographing later on this week.