Cultural and environmental changes are swirling around the village of Naha in southern Mexico. Now that the mahogany forests have been logged throughout the land, the wood that their boats are made of is gone... but the spirit of the Lacandon is still strong in the wake of these changes.
This book has been in my mind's eye for some time. Spending extended periods in Naha strengthened me in what is in the present. I am immersed in working on the images of the Maya for this book and an exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery. The hardbound book will be produced in a small edition of 300, made with the utmost care, combining black and white imagery with journal entries from my time there.
I write in my journal
"I camp alone in the woods and it is so terribly hot today…even the dogs don’t visit…hearing a cry of a Toucan way up in the tree. The creek so low…a trickle…and I worry…for the Maya need rain for their corn. This morning the child Chan K’in came before dawn and lit his way with achote (a stick of resin set to fire used as a torch in the dark) Such a beautiful way we start the day… It is black under the canopy…we relax together in the hammock…I keep nodding out…so close still to my sleep. It’s five in the morning and I make coffee over the open fire…then we leave for the hike to the lagoon . I photograph what people are unable to see…expose people to what they would not look at".
"I wish you the best luck, your photographs are haunting”.
- Isabel Allende
These are some of the images in the book that are available as a "reward":
Risks and challenges
I am working on this project almost every moment of my waking hours...and dream hours too. This project is so close to my being that I do not waiver and I know I am able to come out with a wonderful book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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