Baja California Norte: A Story Untold
For the six months we have traveled south, I’ve looked forward to being in Latin America. I moved away from Mexico ten years ago and the thought of once more speaking my native language, eating the food that I grew up with, and immersing myself in Latin culture excited me.
A couple of days ago we arrived at the US – Mexico border. As eager as I was to finally cross into Mexico, I was also nervous. Many of my friends and family have expressed concern because of the turmoil that Mexico is experiencing.
My goal for this journey is to use my talents to share beauty in the world, and despite everything that is going on in Mexico I know there is still a lot of beauty to be shared here. Less than a week into Baja California Norte, we already find ourselves surrounded by that beauty and a sense of tranquility.
Besides it’s natural beauty, Mexico is full of people with incredible kindness, passion, and laughter. We had the chance to meet Emma Villareal Montemayor, a gracious woman who runs the famous El Palomar Hotel and Restaurant in Santo Tomas, which she inherited from her father. She shared with us her struggles, her views on life, and her relationship with God. One of the things that struck me most was Emma’s ability to focus on the beauty of life instead of the bad things that might happen. Below is a glimpse of that conversation.
It was refreshing to find someone so full of life and proud of where they are from. Mexico is filled with people like Emma. I am so honored to once again have the opportunity to meet them firsthand.
With this in mind, I’ve begun taking portraits hoping to capture that spirit, the pride and joy of living that are so evident in the people here. The following is a photo essay celebrating the people of Baja California Norte, Mexico.
The People of Baja California Norte, Mexico
Photos by Ricardo Palomares
Video by Riley Engemoen & Ricardo Palomares
Photos taken with a Panasonic GH4 camera sponsored by Omega Broadcast Group