Frontier

28 images Created 29 Oct 2012

During Christmas 2008 my friend and I took the Greyhound to Tamaulipas State in Mexico. We stayed with a family in a town known as El Canal. It had been built by people escaping poverty in Vera Cruz. At one time the settlement had been on the beach, but it was forced to move by the government when they wanted to develop tourism in the area - something that had not yet come to pass. Yet the government had new plans for development so the fate of the town was uncertain. While in Mexico we spoke to many people who told us their experiences with American immigration, poverty, the drug war and other things. In Spanish frontera means border, so I called this project Frontier, because I felt that in our experience - in Mexico and on the bus, borders were the recurring theme, whether they were constructed buy law, class, race or language, or simply physical walls and fences.
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