At the library you can just look at books and if you like one, you can read it and if not, you can just leave it there and you don’t have to buy it. There are many many themes that you can explore! I like Pablo Neruda. I like to listen to his poems. I go to the library any day I have a chance. If I don’t find work here at Casa Latina, I can go and spend all day at the library and improve myself. I can fill in all the knowledge that I’m missing and also it is a safe place to go hang out even if I have nothing to do.
So let’s look at the next picture. Is this something of your work?
Yes, this is this is something we were repairing. We didn’t do all this work, we only did the repairs. So the job here was to repair that fence, clean up all that garbage, and leave it all nice and clean. It was about two days’ work.
So when was this?
It was about a year ago. That is all there is nothing more about this picture.
These are gardening tools, very useful. I like gardening because even though I cannot change the beauty of a flower, of a tree, I can help shape it. I can help it grow and make it live longer.
That is our work as gardeners.
Me gusta esta foto porque la vida como jornalero comienza muy temprano. Si quieres trabajo te tienes que levantar muy de mañana, por lo menos a las 5 de la mañana. Y en el invierno así se ve, porque está oscuro a esa hora. Esta foto es aquí en Casa Latina a las 5 de la mañana.
Nature for me is the expression of something that you don’t see. You cannot see God but these things are an expression of God. God made them, but these are expressions of what you cannot see. You cannot see the seed and you do not see how this flower blooms but you see the result. For me that is the meaning of nature. Nature just fulfills a duty and it has to yield flowers and fruit even if it’s the last thing it’ll do. This is the time of year when it has to bloom and it blooms. And after that follows the fruit. This plant is almost dead but it has to fulfill its duty of yielding fruit.
I’m learning photography. I admire other photographers except me. I’m not a good photographer but I admire good photographers and good painters like da Vinci, and Botero, and that crazy one Dali. Before, I would look at the pictures I took and I would not like them. And so I thought, “These other photographers, how do they do it?”
In Mexico we say that we laugh at death. We draw it and paint it and make fun of death. I think everybody is afraid of death. Well, maybe not everybody. When you are young you are scared of death, but me, I’m old and I’m not scared. I see it as very normal that one day we all have to die. So death for me is a reason to make art.
Well this one is a picture by a guy who’s a writer from my land from Jalisco. And the other pictures in black & white they are his because he was well known as a writer but he was also a photographer and he was an amateur photographer and his pictures are very beautiful pictures but he was not known as a photographer.
So you have many pictures of him?
Yes this one is at dawn. Yes, I liked how the light, I don’t know why the light is so dark because when I took the picture the sun was very bright and it was very luminous here on this side. Maybe it’s the way the picture was taken because I think I had it in manual and I didn’t know how to set it so I could not capture the scene just like I saw it but even then I like it. The sky looks very pretty. And that car there is from a friend who is right next to that coming out of his to his home. That picture is from long ago. That picture, I’ve had it for oh maybe a year or a year and a half.
That picture is at Christmas time and I had to work on Christmas day, so when I was coming back home I remembered that in Mexico there is a nice tradition of getting together with family and to spend time together for the dinner have pozole and other traditional dishes… I was going back to the shelter. In Mexico I have my brothers. My parents, they’re dead.
Well, yes, I have to some English classes but I forget and it doesn’t stay with me. I have this application called Bilingual and I think it’s better, more entertaining because first it asks me to pick an image and write it or describe it, then it asks me to say it and then it asks me to write again, so I think it’s very complete. There are other courses that I’ve seen that are just blah blah blah. It’s also easier because you can speak and if you don’t say it correctly then it’ll say it’s an error and you have to repeat it.