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Put Me In Coach

Cozumel Baseball

When we head to Mexico, it’s not to visit the beach. It’s time to play ball! Our team’s coach, pictured here, throws a mean fast ball. The first time I ever played I thought it was going to be a relaxing game of slow pitch softball. Nope! My man threw heat and struck me out. Later I was able to defend the reputation of Estado Unidos and at least get on base. On my last visit, I learned that Coach is no longer playing. He is coaching full time. Although he wants to play, he fears injuring himself which would take him out of work. He and his wife own a small store across from the fields where we practice. Another interesting item to note is his support of the PRI Party. The PRI party has a long and somewhat contentious history in Mexico. You can read more about it here.

Taking It For Granted

If you are still with me, even after the changes that have been slowly taking place here, I appreciate it. You are definitely a long time friend. If you are missing the photo specific content, you can pop on over to ThePhotoFrontier.com where I have been sharing all sorts of that stuff. You have probably noticed that the camera is taking on new meaning to me. I am becoming less and less interested in place, and more and more interested in people. I could on at length about my own creative/existential struggles and what all this means. But I just don’t know. Once I have my own thoughts sorted out, I will share them with you. For now, this image is what photography is for me. We take photographs for granted. The internet is full of amazing images, from all over the world. That’s not the case in some parts of the world. Meet Manuel Pop. He is of Mayan descent and a very proud man. He was kind enough to take me to his village one day on the southern border of Belize. He offered me a tour of his home and a chance to hang out with his family. After touring his home, I noticed he didn’t have a single photograph. I asked if it was against Mayan traditions. He laughed. Nope, photographs are fine. It’s just that they are rare and the only photo he had of his wife (their wedding photo) was lost in Hurricane Irene. He asked me if it wasn’t too much trouble for me to make a family portrait. His wife and kid loved seeing themselves and the image is on its way back to Belize, to Maya Center, to Manuel Pop. Right where it belongs.

Mayan Portrait

Mayan Portrait

Ten percent of Belize’s population is Mayan. The language and traditions continue to live on. However, they are in decline. I’ll have a longer story to share with you next week about what remains of the Mayan culture. For now, I can share this image of a Mayan artisan I met in southern Belize near the ruins of Nim Li Punit.

Meet Mark Morgan

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Mark Morgan isn’t Hopkins only Mechanic, but he is the best. Mark was born and raised in Hopkins Belize and has been running his shop since 2006. I made the mistake of showing up on Sunday. Although Mark shop was closed, he was kind enough to work on my bike. Apparently, Sunday he hosts the local dominos tournament. If you are ever in Hopkins, make sure you swing by and say hi…or, Beeti Benefie (Garifuna for good morning).

Ms. Indy

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Meet Miss Indy. Not only is she a super nice person, but one heck of a chef! I’m not sure where she studied, but she now works in a small town of Belize. I haven’t known her very long, but I’ll say she is proud of her work and rightfully so. Her food is authentic, genuine and worth traveling over 2000 miles for. Thanks Miss Indy!