“One of the coolest projects I have done was a portrait series of artisans from Oaxaca. From one day to the next, I was on a plane to Oaxaca instead of coming back home from a trip. Stayed for two days shooting, then came back home to shoot for a dentist’s office!”
“To be in Oaxaca was such an amazing opportunity. I had admired Mexican crafts forever, and getting to meet some of the people who have dedicated their lives to creating them was truly inspiring. While in Oaxaca, I met a family whose craft was giant clay sculptures. Their garden was beautiful, filled with their creations. And their work was amazing! They had won many competitions. Don Jose, the father, was the sweetest man. He was blind as a consequence of glaucoma, but he was still working as a sculptor, and his work was just as beautiful as before. For one of his portraits with his wife, I asked them to step into their gallery and pose next to one of the sculptures there. As soon as he touched it, he recognized it, smiled, and ran his hands through the face of the sculpture, saying how much he loved it and how beautiful it was.
That moment was very moving.”