"Border Crosser"  Calexico, CA - 2017


This is a very simple, straight forward photo that I feel has very deep meanings that betrays its simplicity.


I made this photograph a couple years back while on a journey that took me along every stretch of the border wall that separates the US with Mexico. I made the trip all the way from Brownsville, Texas, where the border begins in the Gulf of Mexico, to were it ends in the Pacific Ocean in Tijuana, Mexico.  


This shot was just outside Calexico, CA, where the wall runs parallel with the All-American Canal. I found it ironic how much wildlife was active in the area. There were pollywogs, fish, and frogs, swimming in the canal with all manner of dragon flies and birds flying above. Especially noticeable were the magnificent white Cranes.


They would flap their huge wings a few times and then spread them out catching the up-drafts and sailing for what seemed like eternity; gracefully above the hideous wall.  


 My dear friend and iconic muralist, Victor Ochoa, reminded me after seeing this photo that the Aztecs, who spent their entire lives immigrating, were called "The Crane People." They believed that Cranes are the souls that once were humans and might be again, many lives from now. For the Aztecs, Cranes helps carry a soul to paradise. 


How perfect the world seems in this simple photo. The Wall and absolute freedom, coexisting together without any awareness.  

"Border Crosser" - 2017 - Calexico, CA.

SKU: 364115376135191
Color: Black
  • Photo comes signed and sequentially numbered from a limited edition run of 50 prints. This is the inaugural run. 


    Each print comes matted in a high quality11x17" black mat with the photo centered in a 7.5"x 9.5" opening. Mat is beveled cut with white core and 4-ply thick (about 1.4 mm or 1/16 inch).  Also included is an 11x17" backing board.  Both are enclosed in a plastic sleeve. 


    Photo is digitally printed on heavy 14 pt stock, semi-gloss, high quality paper using 5-Color Pigment/Dye Reactive ink producing vivid colors and sharp, crisp details.   


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