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Jose by UrielReyes Jose by UrielReyes
This is José. He has been living in the US for decades, but a few months ago he was deported to Mexico, leaving behind sons, daughters, grandsons, job, and his whole life there. With only months living in Tijuana, José has been arrested and/or beaten dozens of times by the local police. Today he was going to try to cross back to US trough a dangerous route in Tecate. It's raining and the night is very cold. I wonder how he's doin' right now.


Este es José, también con décadas viviendo en Estados Unidos, terminó siendo deportado, dejando hijos, nietos, trabajo y toda su vida allá. Tiene unos pocos meses en Tijuana, viviendo algunos días en albergues y otros en la calle. Ha sido detenido y golpeado por la policía municipal decenas de veces. Hoy iba a tratar de cruzar de vuelta por el desierto. Está lloviendo y hace mucho frio, y no puedo evitar pensar en cómo le estará yendo.

Me dijo que si regresaba a Tijuana, aunque fuera en otras circunstancias, le gustaría ver que el trabajo que estoy haciendo hubiera servido para cambiar algo.

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Ingenious-Insanity Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
That is the face of a strong man. Not 'macho'- strong.
xtingerxl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
he is a mix of danny trejo and morgan freeman
Digital-Blend Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Excellent portrait and great story...I hope it ends well.
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Photographer
I hope that too.
4C4D Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Again... really great.
AnggieHutagalung Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
just curious, did you tell them to pose or you just candid them while they telling their story?
my eyes just cant stop look at all this serial pic you've made.
many thanks if you kindly let me know the answers...
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011   Photographer
First I just listen to them, and after around 10 or 15 minutes, I ask for their permission. After that, I just keep taking photographs while they are telling me their stories.
AnggieHutagalung Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the explanation, i should try this method i guess...
GeminiLiam Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Wonderful real pictures of real people
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much.
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