MY WEEK IN PHOTOS: MAY 8–14, 2017!
Preparing for my visit to Texas for a work trip, the journey and experience of El Paso, celebrating Mother’s Day Weekend, and exploring San Pedro.
One of those rare instances where the seats were 2 to a row, bigger and comfier, and nobody was sitting next to me. I guess there aren’t many direct flights to El Paso from LAX, so they are little commuter planes that go in the morning and evening.
Here to interview artist and illustrator Zeke Pena, check out his Instagram. He’s super interesting, talented, and it was a pleasured to interview him about a project he’s currently collaborating on with the Getty.
After our interview and b-roll filming, he was kind of enough to drive me around El Paso. This mural is by Los Dos, a tribute to the border community between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico. The cities are connected in work, economy, family. Zeke was kind enough to share his experience of the community divided by a river, then a national border, and now a border wall.
I’m a dumb American, and I wasn’t really aware of how close El Paso is to the Mexican border. I would have brought my passport, to have lunch in Juarez, but unfortunately I didn’t have it with me.
Geographically, El Paso and Juarez are pretty isolated. You have to drive a while into Mexico or into New Mexico or into Texas to reach the next major city. They are connected in many ways that I didn’t really understand before seeing just how close the cities are.
Zeke makes a lot of work about the border community, and I was curious to see the border itself. As an American, we hear a lot about “BUILD A WALL” and “THE BORDER IS LEAKING” or whatever rhetoric. To me the border felt kind of abstract. Like a random line that was decided once and determines clearly two places. Pretty naive, I know.
But here in El Paso, the border has a physicality. It has a river, that was once natural and then turned into a man-made concrete one to make it harder for the river divide to change and shift the border. The border has plants and people and houses and even neighborhoods that are historic to the Mexican Revolution and now are significant places for immigrants. Holding facilities, temporary housing, migrant worker gathering places, etc. More on the historic Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio.
And the border already has a wall, partially funded by George W. Bush and then continued to be funded by Barack Obama.
Student work at the Uni nearby. My time in Texas was short! But so interesting and fruitful. Airport carpet Goodbye El Paso and Juarez! I had the next day off so I went with my parents to celebrate Mother’s Day weekend to explore San Pedro. Korean Friendship Bell built in Angel’s Gate Park Looking out over the ocean Wandering around the park The park was once a military fort, so there are leftover ruins from that. So many snails! More beautiful snails Huge bark! Point Fermin Lighthouse One of my favorite things when I was little was climbing things, especially my Uncle’s fruit trees in his backyard. View from the trees Hi ho! Doggo trying to get a good view The Sunken City! In 1929, a landslide knocked a bunch of fancy homes into the ocean. Yes, seriously! Now the foundations, roads, and leftover parts of homes are a destination for street artists and “urban explorers.” Once was a road Life finds a way. See me jump?
Pano by Zach
Got to come back to the San Pedro Fish Market for shrimp and potatoes.
Bia Coffee, we got the lavendar and rose lattes
Roasting churro marshmallows that the sales lady said NOT to roast so that means we wanted to see what would happen. (Nothing really, they just melt really quickly) REACTION when I told her there was spinach in the cake ahah! Happy Birthday to my cousin Keri! Not a proper family gathering without a talent show
What a busy week! *Whew*
Much love friends.