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Alfonso by UrielReyes Alfonso by UrielReyes
For my Photojournalism class. I had about an hour to go out of the faculty and find three persons working on the street. A few miles away I found Alfonso; we talk for a couple of minutes and then he let me toke some pictures of him.

Damn, my english it's lame.

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El ejercicio consistía en salir de la universidad y encontrar personas realizando su oficio. A unos kilómetros de la escuela me encontré con Alfonso, un bolero que al principio se mostró desconfiado de mí (fotografiar desconocidos se vuelve particularmente difícil en una ciudad tan violenta e insegura como Tijuana); después de identificarme y explicarle el trabajo que realizaba, me contestó algunas preguntas y tuve oportunidad de fotografiarlo unos minutos.

Los tiempos son difíciles para todos: a Alfonso le han subido los materiales con los que labora pero él no puede subir los precios de sus servicios porque aun manteniéndolos está perdiendo clientes. Su esposa fue una de los miles de trabajadores despedidos el año pasado, y ha tenido que cortar el servicio de electricidad en su casa para hacer un "diablito" (conexión ilegal, extremadamente rudimentaria e insegura que utilizan en colonias pobres).

Cuando era hora de volver a la escuela tuve que despedirme, y de cierta manera sentí que Don Alfonso se quedaba con las ganas de seguirme contando de sus hijos, de su ciudad natal, del largo camino que hace todos los días desde su casa hasta el lugar en donde trabaja, y de los tiempos que se avecinan y que no parecen mejorar.

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PhilS1761 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Your English may be less than perfect, but it is better than my Spanish. Your photography skills are first class. I would love to include this photo in one of my group galleries. Con su permission. 
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Lagroht Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012
There is a lot of "character" in this image !
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JuanmaBlanco Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Photographer
Felicidades por la imagen, gran procesado en blanco y negro!.
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RolfRommel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Photographer
Un retrato excelente. El rostro y la mirada del hombre reflejan una vida dura pero cierta serenidad. Iluminación, contraste y encuadre son excelentes. ¡Felicitaciones por esta foto!
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Photographer
Muchas gracias. :)
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RolfRommel Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011   Photographer
Por nada.
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jasso12 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
ola que tal, me interesa tu foto para un poster sobre para el dia mundial de la diabete, queria si me la podrias porpociona i date tus derechos de fotografia en poster que te parece mi correo este jasso_vta@hotmail.com
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mikegoulty Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Hey there,

Your lovely piece has been featured in the last ever journal I am going to be writing at :iconportraitclub:
Lydia, myself and our team are leaving, handing over to new management. I think you may well like some of the other features included!
Take a look : [link]

Kindest regards,
Mike
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011   Photographer
:hug:
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BigPhil Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
WOW! Just great!!!
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011   Photographer
Thanks!
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mikegoulty Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Lovely portrait :)
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010   Photographer
Thank you.
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mikegoulty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
It's a pleasure :)
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albalo Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
así es Uriel:

esto es México.

por cierto ¿donde estudias?
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010   Photographer
UABC. :)
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albalo Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Universidad Autonoma de... Baja California?
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010   Photographer
Así es. =P
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albalo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
u.u pues si estas re-lejos.
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010   Photographer
Hasta la esquina. :D
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albalo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
jajaja
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B0rrach0 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
Great portrait. Powerful and with a good crop and DOF/bokeh.
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010   Photographer
Thanks!
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dimasaryabima Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Alfonso is PERFECTO photo!!!!! :wow: :star:
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010   Photographer
Thank you very much.
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dimasaryabima Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
you're welcome ... would you give your comment on my photos :please:
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ssaallmmaann Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
beautiful portrait!
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner May 1, 2010   Photographer
Thank you.
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ssaallmmaann Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
beautiful portrait!
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010   Photographer
Gracias.
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txay Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010  Professional Photographer
muy buen retrato, mucho caracter en su mirada
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   Photographer
Muchas gracias.
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Muskeg Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful portrait!
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010   Photographer
Thank you. :)
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dragao6788 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Photographer
i love this type of portrait, all in the eyes and in the simplicity. Very strong :)
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010   Photographer
Thank you. :)
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YR777 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
want to be shotted by you!))))
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010   Photographer
:D
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Liz-in-BackoBourke Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Hi Uriel,
Just added Alfonso to my journal fav's section [link] :D
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Photographer
Thank you very much. :hug:
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heliotropium Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice to see the portrait and to learn with your words.
Neo-colonialism is an hard fact in my country, trough demagogy and false popular leaders. I heard there's no chance for us but some conscient pacific resistence. My feelings runs on a sentiment of slavery. Like happened with the black people of here in the past.
:hug: from Regis, BR
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Photographer
Demagogy and false popular leaders... nuestros países no son tan diferentes...
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heliotropium Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Esto. Asi me la arte si convierte en mi consuelo, y numa espereranza de, hablando com los deviantes, enn especial aquellos del nuerte - cabeças duras - presentar la dura realidad de las "Venas Abiertas de America Latina", de Eduardo Galeano, asi como tantos otros.
Gracias pelo encuentro. Abrazos Amigo !

P.S.: algo positivo ante tanta mierda - nuestro Ministro de la Educacción hace propuesto lo ensino del idioma español em las escuelas ! Una necessidadad antigua, todos los conscientes lo queriam, así como yo. espero puder voltar alos studios, apesar de la falta de tiempo, e las dificuldades que se apresentam, nem tanto pela edad - 55 -, pero por la salud. Gracias ! Viva America Latina !
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010   Photographer
Pues sí que es positivo. Aunque a decir verdad, yo siempre he tenido la impresión de que a los brasileños se les facilita entender el español. :D

Un abrazo.
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heliotropium Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Si, pero lo ablar...nuestros viciños argentinos
ablam lo castellano, y de una forma mui rapida
de modo que é mas fácil pedir que hablem Italiano !!!
Asi, yo que no so de ascedência italiana los entiendo
mui mejor que en su propio idioma. Pero no és una
generalización. Ellos ablam PORTEÑO...como se puede dicer.
É un fenômeno a ser estudiado. Nosotros denominamos esto como
'macarrônico', enrolado...Talvez por influenza delos imigrantes italianos, y por ser la Capital tan cosmopolita.
En São Paulo, p. ex., la lengua de una ciudad caótica
é ablada en uma forma tranqüilla, mucho mas comprensible.
Todavia, o mejor de nuestro idioma, para todos os aspectos, é ablado en São Luís do Maranhão, al norte do Brasil, por todo su pueblo.

Abrazo de Regis, BR
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010   Photographer
Vaya, no me lo hubiera imaginado. Es bastante interesante lo que comentas, sobre todo para mi, que me fascinan todos los fenomenos de la comunicación. :)
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yoursymmetry Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
thank you for the answer. you're welcome.

i really love this picture! ;D
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010   Photographer
:D
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shiloh09 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010   Photographer
Absolutely Beautiful. I wish I could shoot portraits this well.
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UrielReyes Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010   Photographer
Thank you very much. And don't worry, it is just good look and trying (and trying and trying).
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