Showing posts with label self-portrait. Show all posts
Showing posts with label self-portrait. Show all posts

Monday, December 3, 2012



La Cosecha

My Mom and I went to the Harvest Festival at Rancho de las Golondrinas this fall.  There was a performance of La Llorona, among many other performances, music, wagon rides,re-enactments, food tasting, harvest fruits and vegetables, etc.   Check out Rancho de las Golondrinas




St. Francis Xavier Church


At the end of October, my Mom and I went on one of our regular day trips, to Jarales.  We visited one of her cousins.  This is where her father's family was from.  Nearby settlements including Los Pueblitos, El Bosque, Belén and Los Chávez are some of the oldest settlements in the Río Abajo.  Largely agricultural communities, the arrival of the railroad in 1880 had a huge influence on these towns, as it did the entire Southwest, and well, the world.  We have made several drives to Jarales and stopped to visit people throughout the years.  On this day, my Mom's cousin made us a special fall lunch of green chile, calabacitas, stew, beans and tortillas.  And of course we had a few glasses of wine.  Having my tripod in the back of my car, I took a few self-portraits.  I've photographed the church several times, but the trees were exceptionally beautiful, naturally because of the season.  This is a newer church, and the old St. Francis Xavier Church was situated at the same site.  Among the mayordormos of the original mission church during the late 1800s and early 1900s were my great-grandparents Benigno Gallegos & Concepción Barreras de Gallegos.  Their is a plaque on the wall at the entrance with their names on it, along with many other mayordormos.  The church is located just north of the US Post Office on Jarales Road.  There is a Jarales Post Office, as well, just north of that.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

video
In high school, as part of my genealogical and family history interests, I became enamored with my mother tongue and culture, and all things associated.  I studied Spanish since middle school and became very attracted to the pop culture of Spain, Mexico and other parts of Latin America, including our own in Nuevo México.  I listed to all kinds of music, watched all the Spanish language programming on TV, watched "foreign" films, and all that.  I decided to study Spanish as an undergraduate and participated in exchange programs living in both Guadalajara, and Granada - Spain.  I eventually met one of my passions - flamenco, and couldn't stand to watch it!  I couldn't stand to watch it because the moment that I saw it live, I knew I needed to dance it.  It was an exhilarating feeling that I had about this art form and found that it was my non-verbal way to communicate and express myself.  I eventually obtained a minor in dance due to studying flamenco purely for the love of it, and need to express myself in this way.  I danced for about 12 years.  While studying video and film later, I created a "self-portrait" in video.  A photographer that I knew at the time had shot some video of me dancing, and I used it to create this self-portrait.  An exercise in editing, exploring the relationships between me and my flamenco professors, incorporating other types of percussive music that wasn't flamenco, this became largely a contemplative thought and introspective process into approaching how one would create such a self-portrait.

A slideshow portfolio of my dance follows -