October 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

I began capturing photographs for my project and questioned what the heart of my project is. When I presented my project proposal it was commented that student do not really know Tijuana. They know the tourist side of it. The nightlife and the dangers they hear on the media. So I realized that there is high crime and corruption in this border town but I want to demonstrate that there are innocent people that live day by day around these dangers. So I feel like presenting everyday life in Tijuana.It will take me a couple visits there in order to organize my story. It took me two hour  of line to cross back into the U.S this past Friday. That is the biggest inconvenience I have experienced so far.


Edward Burtynshy

October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

It was interesting to see how this photographer displayed his work on electronic waste. He demonstrated how many families live among the rubble and work to sort out pieces.This really does make you critically think how the average American does not care or considers to think about what happens to our electronic waste. well as the documentary stated fifty percent of it is transported to China. I found it inhumane to see people in another country living outside of these electronic waste fields. it is not only a health hazard but also disrespectful to dump your trash or waste into someone else’s land. The photographer did not present any possible solutions. he only seemed to photograph what he was and stated some facts about it. I would have liked it if he took an activist approach to this topic. After analyzing this segment i can depict the negative and dark sides of globalization. How waste is transported across the world to be dumped on another countries land. I did like how Burtynshy photographed the people at work on the waste fields.

Don Bartletti

October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Don Bartletti is a photographer who captured images for the LA times. These photographs where of the thousands of boys who travel by train from Central America to the United States. He captures impacting photographs of the dangers these children face while riding the tops of trains illegally to head North to the promised land. He followed a young boy named Enrique. The boy’s story was later created into a book by Isabell Allende. Don Bartletti captures the struggles young boys from Central America have on a daily bases on their pilgramiage to the U.S. we see the migration of people is illustrated. It is important for people to be able to view these images in order to understand  the struggles people face when they are headed to the U.S. They are fighting hunger, thirst, gangs and la migra. It seems that everything is against them, yet they have a strong sense of determination of reaching relatives in the U.S or simply start a better life for themselves. It is really important to know that there are photographers that are successful in capturing photography on these issues. In my work I will demonstrate the struggles of the Tijuana people as well as their daily life routines. How family’s live in a border town which has a diverse group of individuals from all over Mexico and Central America. Even when you cross into the United States one can see the rich integration of cultures.

Ed Kashi

October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was really inspired by Ed Kashi’s, The Tree exhibition from the site 50 crows. He describes life as a film strip with three different images which is what he demonstrates in this particular exhibition. The photographs are different but still  manage to complement each other.  It seemed that these photographs had an individual story  but  all three yet came together to tell a bigger story. It gave me an idea I might want to consider with my photo documentary of the border town San Ysidro/Tijuana. I would really like to explore this technique with my photographs. The border towns on both sides have been influenced by each other and created a unique space where social and cultural integrations have developed through out the years. If i consider to try this three image technique I may be able to illustrate my point. As I continue with my project I will develop some sense of a technique or pattern that will go along with my project. I like to be inspired and influence by other photographers that have been successful with their work.


September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment


I lived in a border town for 18 years, I now come to realize the impact it has had on my life. This is my fourth year at Cal State San Macros, I moved away from my home town about 4 years ago.I started this semester in my Borders and Regions course and came across scholarly articles that analyzed borders and how the residents were impacted. It was then when I realized that the majority of the class was surprised and did not know much about the border town in their area. When they described Tijuana they could only think of danger and the crazy nightlife of getting drunk.That is how I came to develop the idea of exposing both side of my border town. I would like to capture the social, political and economic sides of both borders. I would like to present the lives of residents on both sides of the border and hardships they come across on a daily bases. Giving Tijuana a more realistic exposure than the negative thoughts people have. I am also going to bring San Ysidro to life, the city everyone passes before entering Tijuana and  after entering to the U.S

Not my photograph


Annie L. continuation

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Annie’s transition from Rolling Stone to Vanity Fair magazine was a drastic life changing event in her life. The culture of Rolling Stone was drugs and rock n’ roll. There were no rules as they experimented with drugs to inspire their art. Once Annie was associated with Vanity Fair they helped her by sending her to a rehab where she never turned back to drugs. From that moment on she committed herself to photographing a different scene then she was regularly used to. Her photography style was now directed more towards advertisment and celebraty portraits. She was well recognized and known in the business for taking photographs to a higher element. Annie was inspired by a very intellectual women that grew to be very close to Annie. She critiqued Annie’s work in depth and inspired different perspective towards her work. Annie is a great photographer that has been a part of history.

Torry Pines

September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment