Posted on March 18, 2010
Mexico circa 1994
South of Nogales. A community living in old train cars. We stopped, got out, started walking about and shooting. People were great, fun, interested and living a tough existence. Leica, Kodachrome.
At the time, I totally took these moments for granted, heck, these trips for granted. Now, it seems like I never have the time to do any of this. So rare.
I’ve seen people living in train cars all over the world, Sicily, Mexico and in the Western United States.
In Sicily they have been living in government provided rail cars since the earthquake in the 1970′s. In the Western United States these things are considered art forms. Odd how this works.
This picture bugs me because I’m too far back and it’s tilted for no reason. Well, it’s tilted cause I’m walking fast and trying to bridge the distance to make another shot. I like how the one boy is framed in the window but the others are not right.
When I teach I often talk of the “picture within the picture” and this is a great example of a not quite there photograph. But, inside this, sure, there is a better image. Did I get it? Don’t know, have to look at my chromes.
What I do like is the memory, the color of the image, and the light, which for being overcast, still has a nice punch to it. Normally this light is “black and white light,” but I think color also looks great in flat light.
Kodachrome was unique in its pallet, which is partly to blame.
I don’t take these trips for granted any longer. They are far too precious. Heck, time to shoot is far too precious.