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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.

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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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:iconingenious-insanity:
Ingenious-Insanity Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
That is the face of a strong man. Not 'macho'- strong.
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xtingerxl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
he is a mix of danny trejo and morgan freeman
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Digital-Blend Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
Excellent portrait and great story...I hope it ends well.
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Photographer
I hope that too.
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4C4D Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Again... really great.
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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...
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:iconurielreyes:
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.
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AnggieHutagalung Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the explanation, i should try this method i guess...
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GeminiLiam Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
Wonderful real pictures of real people
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011   Photographer
Thank you very much.
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Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Hi... Dear UrielReyes CONGRATULATION ...
You are in the ACTION-PORTRAITS APRIL 2011 BEST OF "...!!!:iconaction-portraits:
Thank you for sharing...
best regards.....................You're most welcome in Action-Portraits...!!!
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Stu-Dan Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Great Art :)
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borahanci Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
I am glad there are still some photographers doing this with some thought and concern behind it... I think I'd like to know how he did that night, hope it went well for Jose.
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011   Photographer
I hope that too.
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SpectralCircle Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student General Artist
Leer la descripción y mirar sus ojos, la verdad es el tipo de historias que mueven el mundo de los vivos...
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011   Photographer
Qué agradable leer tu comentario. Gracias. :)
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FadeIn Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fuckin politics...:(
Its a really expressive portrait.
Amazing what a story its saying...
N.
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011   Photographer
Its really sad, even just talk with them. :(
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S-Rof Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011   General Artist
What a beautiful series of photos. The texture is amazing. Very expressive!
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   Photographer
Thank you, my friend. :hug:
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fremenKiel Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011
you have some really cool lines in these pictures, a great sense of depth, and the photos shows the soul of the captured people, very nicely done:)
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011   Photographer
Thank you, my friend.
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:iconfremenkiel:
fremenKiel Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
no problem man, but thank you for making the pictures live
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OnllyOne Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Do mind if i use this photograph in a drawing? I would love to draw it.
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010   Photographer
Go ahead. I'd love to see the results.
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
a mí me encanta la emoción y las historias en la gente que encontra (my attempt at Spanish, but it's true)

I never knew what was happening to these people...
I had no idea. Thank you for telling their stories.
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
Thank you very much for your kind comment, specially for writing it in spanish, that's very nice. :D
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Last-Verse Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
:3 X3
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
:hug:
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Avaliax Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Filmographer
seriously amazing shots :3
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010   Photographer
Thanks.
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Avaliax Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Student Filmographer
you're welcome! 8D
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CuppyFox Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
These photos and the stories brought tears to my eyes. I guess that's because I live on the street, too. Thank you for showing me this side of Mexico before I even get there. It's probably prepared me a little more.
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010   Photographer
Be very careful in the cities near to the border with the US. :(

But if you come to Tijuana, you already have a friend here. :)
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CuppyFox Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
yeah, I've heard lots of things about the border. Not a nice place to be.

Thank you. It's nice to have contacts. =)
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010   Photographer
My pleasure, and I mean it.
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Jayfeather21 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
But you have a computer with internet?
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CuppyFox Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
for a week, maybe. Then I'm off on the road again. I'm a hitchhiker by trade and I'm staying with my parents so I can get my passport. Then I can leave and go to places where I can live on the streets with more ease.
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Jayfeather21 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
okay
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Troels-Brusen Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
Those Photos and descriptions moved me! They'll all be in my prairs!
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Photographer
Thank you!

Really really thank you. :)
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weirdness-is-cul Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
awww... thats so sad..i hope he's ok
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010   Photographer
Me too.
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Tugelbund Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010
Nice one!
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2010   Photographer
Thank you.
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dulce-de-leche-cream Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Student Photographer
muy expresivos estos rostros!!!!!
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Photographer
Lo sé. :)

Intento transmitir todas las emociones que muestran en persona, y aún no puedo acercarme.
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hawkeye1 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
very well done.
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:iconurielreyes:
UrielReyes Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010   Photographer
Thanks.
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Jack-Nobre Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Incredible Portrait. We can see the hard life in his eyes. it is nice when you know the story behind the photo. Thanks for sharing.
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