Slipping Through documents a region and its people. From a distance, the border appears simple and stark. Mexico on one side, the United States on the other. It's so obvious that most of us take the separation for granted. It's easy to point to a map and declare "Beginning" or "End." But up close, gaps appear. Lines which at first seemed permanent and consequential begin to bend and blur until eventually they distort beyond recognition. 


  The first phase of this ongoing project was produced during a solo road trip beginning in Brownsville, TX. at the end of the Rio Grande meets and culminates in El Paso/Juarez, where the river diverges from the border and heads north toward its headwaters nestled in the San Juan Mountains. The photos capture the faces of the people who live in the region, the events which shape their lives and the immense beauties of the landscape which surrounds them. All revealed by the relentlessly baking borderland sunlight. 

Heating Up

Storyteller

Storekeeper

Overseer

Alien

Departures

Resilience

Power

Surveillance

Seeker

Juarez and El Paso

Processionists

23

Windswept

Trace

Cooling Off

 Experiencing the region and her people forces the visitor to reevaluate. It's impossible to ignore the contradictions and convolution. Through talking with the people who live there, the symbiotic complexity and nuance of relationships between people and communities across the border comes more clearly into focus.


  This place is the front line of one of the fiercest battles in American politics. An issue so divisive that it challenges the foundation of the nation's identity. Too often these people go unheard. Their lives are dictated by policies which cater to constituents from far away who, without an honest portrayal of the issue, are easily led astray. The people on the front line can inform the rest of us as we seek the best way forward. All we have to do is pay attention. All we have to do is see. 

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