One view, Two cameras, Three kids


Tijuana3In light of the recent drug war happenings going on South of the border, I decided I’d head down to Tijuana to get a first hand look and check out the vibe. The First thing that hits you over the head is that tourism is WAYYYY down. The bars and discotecas are almost completely empty. I had a nice chat with a guy named Luis who runs a photo stand with one of those painted Donkey’s. After informing me that this wasn’t his real job, he told there are some days were he gets 1 maybe 2 customers. On a good day he might get 5. Now, I’m no Einstein, but I can only imagine how much Donkey food costs as well as each Polaroid(a dollar a pop), and, lest we not forget, his take. And I thought my photo biz was in the dumps. I came away from that conversation thinking about how we’re all so worked-up in a tizzy(here in the U.S.)over this recession. I don’t think they have a word for that in Mexico. They just survive.
Overall, everyone’s seems to be a little on edge but it sure doesn’t stop the city from going about its business. I’d recommend a visit.


3 responses

  1. Holy Crap! Somebody actually came and reported about what they experienced. I live and work in Puerto Penasco, MX. We havent experienced one instance of drug related crimes, yet the Arizona press reports would leave you to believe there is daily gun battles in the street. Our resorts report occupancy off by 50% yet to date, not one news reporter has come down to get a first hand account of what’s going on. You dont need a flack jacket, just tanning oil.

    March 5, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    • Loren,
      You are so correct! The media has played this whole thing way out of proportion. It’s too bad it has hurt tourism so much.
      Unless you’re somehow involved in the drug trade, everything is just the same. Great people, food, life, and good times.
      Thanks for the letter!

      March 5, 2009 at 8:56 pm

  2. After reading your piece I started thinking a bit. We are hosting our 3rd photography workshop at Las Palamas resort in Puerto Penasco in April. Its typically strobist and girls in summer attire. Maybe we’ll change it to a War Correspondents Photography workshop. If you cant beat’em, join’em.

    March 5, 2009 at 11:57 pm

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