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Previous Projects

One of my very first projects in documentary was the Central Market of San Jose. This is my favorite spot to photograph in the city, and up to this day I take a break every so often to go wonder around its aisles to photograph. My good friend Marie Arago and I did a small exhibit about our vision of the market - she was from New York, I was from Costa Rica.

 

Working in San Jose, I also have spent a lot of time documenting the city life, which sometimes can surprise us. As I was driving back home, I saw this amazing sunset and I was so glad to know that my camera was ready to go, because I just graved it and shoot a couple of times before traffic started moving again. You must always be ready!

 

I have been doing a lot of nature photography over the past 4 years, and I find amazing how little things can resemble big things... a good reminder that we are all connected and we are not that different!

 

There is something about NYC! I have done a few trips to this city and I did put a small photo story about it. Here is a funny moment at the M&M store.

 

This is my first finished photo essay. I did it when I was still in school. It was about the National Band of Heredia, my hometown. The band plays twice a week in the central park and rehearses twice a week in the Cultural Center. Of course, it was taken on B&W film.

 

I photographed this indigenous festivity only once, but got great images. The Boruca community gathers every new year to celebrate the "Little Devils Dance" a remembrance of the fight between Indigenous (the devils) and the Spanish (the bull).

 

The bull - the Spanish people.

 

The little Devils - the Indigenous people.

 

The work day at the landfill used to start early. Around 70 buzos (skindivers) worked at the Rio Azul landfill collecting recyclables and reusable materials. They lost their way of income when the landfill was closed by the Ministry of Health. Ángela del Rosario Cano, 52 years-old in 2006, was a Nicaraguan immigrant who lived in Costa Rica since 1997. I followed her and other buzos to portrait their work and life style right before the landfilled closed. This photo essay was developed between December 2006 and April 2007.

 

A buzo says goodbye as I walked out of the landfill.

 

Very different reasons brought me to Ostional 4 different times in the past few years. I got to photograph the massive arrival of Olive Ridley Turtles and the controversial harvesting of the eggs that takes place in this community. I do not know if what happens is right or wrong, but the turtles are there, the people is there, everybody has to live together in peace.

 

A boy helps a turtle get back to the water in the middle of the morning.

 

When it is high season for turtles to mate, there could be hundreds of thousands of turtles nesting in the Ostional beach.

 

They come and go. Hopefully this little thing will make it back in a few years!

 

I have photographed a lot at the Triangle of Solidarity Shantytown in downtown San Jose. I have concentrated on the women and children that live there. But I find myself a bit disappointed with the story because it lacks a theme and I also do not know how I could help them... But here are some of the photos I have taken. You can find another story about the women in the essay section.

 

Jairito and his sister