Escaramuza cowgirl Jacqueline Gómez rides her horse along the shore of Lake Chapala, Mexico, wearing a style of dress which is typical for the area. “La charrería is a sport that gets everyone’s attention, but few understand it,” she says. The cowboy art has Spanish roots and for some remains a popular sport and way of life in many other areas of Mexico, especially the state of Jalisco.
Awards AdoramaPix Your Best Shot Contest #7 of 5,000 photos · Photographer’s Forum, Finalist · International Travel Photography Competition finalist • Moscow International Foto Awards, honorable mention • Photographer’s Forum 36th Annual Spring Photography Contest, finalist Exhibited In Selected by Peter Turnley for the “Culture” exhibit at the Dark Room Gallery, Vermont • Blank Wall Gallery, Greece Published In Best of Photography 2016 book by Photographer’s Forum
Masked zayacos wait to enter the bullring to begin Carnaval-related activities in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico. The zayacos are a part of the the town’s myriad local traditions. You can read more about the zayacas of Ajijic in my photo series, The Masked Zayacas of Ajijic, Mexico.
Awards Selected by Steve McCurry as a winner in Life Framer’s “World Travelers” contest • Winner of American Illustrator-American Photographer’s Latin American Fotografía 6 competition & selected for the “Los Diez” world tour, sponsored by Epson • Latin American Identity contest winner, Cuartoscuro Magazine Exhibited In Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles • Museum of Archival Photography, Mexico City • PhotoVille 2017, New York City • Bogotá, Colombia • Buenos Aires, Argentina Published In Cuartoscuro Magazine, June 2016
Jaime Rodríguez stands on the stone fort on Mezcala Island on Lake Chapala, Mexico.
Awards International Photographer of the Year contest, 2nd place in People/Travel category
Aztec dancers take part in a Catholic procession for Our Lady of the Rosary in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.
Antonieta Ruiz finishes the ends of a Zapotec carpet from Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca.
Exhibited In Selected by Scott Willoughby for the “Hands & Feet” exhibition, Dark Room Gallery, Vermont
Siblings play with boats they fashioned from fallen leaves after an afternoon summer rainshower in the plaza of Ajijic, Mexico.
Kids ride on the back of a moving float during the New Year’s Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.
Awards Cuartoscuro Latin American Identity contest finalist • Moscow International Foto Awards, honorable mention • International Photography Awards “Family of Man” contest, honorable mention Exhibited In Museum of Archival Photography, Mexico City • Center For Fine Art Photography, Colorado • Selected by Peter Turnley for the “Culture” exhibit, Dark Room Gallery, Vermont • Blank Wall Gallery, Greece • PH21 Gallery, Hungary Published In Cuartoscuro Magazine, June 2016 • Fraction Magazine No. 86
An escaramuza cowgirl in the morning light during a parade in Ajijic, Mexico, for Mexican Independence Day. Since 1989, when it became an official part of the cowboy charrería tournament, the escaramuza performance has become one of the most popular facets of the hundreds-year-old Mexican sport.
Awards American Illustrator-American Photographer Latin American Fotografía 6 winner