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Mi Papa: Best Shots. Mood Board: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

Mi Papa : Best Shots Project

I have always loved the art of photography; but it wasn't until my father was diagnosed with gastric cancer that photography became more of an obsession. When he came to New York to receive treatment I became trigger-finger happy. I then realized that life passes by without warning, moments become memories and memories become forgotten. Thanks to photography a mere second can be cherished for ages and people who will pass become immortal. 
 
After so much pain and suffering, my father wanted to return to Merida Yucatan, Mexico.
The following photos reflect possibly the roughest 24 hours of my life.

My father would always sit in front of the window to feel the heat from the sun. He told me "This may be the closest thing I have to Mexico."

My father would always sit in front of the window to feel the heat from the sun. He told me "This may be the closest thing I have to Mexico."

This is him staring into the eyes of his first granddaughter whom he believed he would not get the chance to meet.

This is him staring into the eyes of his first granddaughter whom he believed he would not get the chance to meet.

Usually we would take a cab from the hospital due to his weakening joints but today was different. After receiving the O.K. to fly my father wanted to walk. He felt a boost of energy knowing he will return home even if it's not for long.

Usually we would take a cab from the hospital due to his weakening joints but today was different. After receiving the O.K. to fly my father wanted to walk. He felt a boost of energy knowing he will return home even if it's not for long.

Before my journey back to Mexico I snapped this photo of my nephew during our conversation about what "may" happen to his grandfather out there. 

Before my journey back to Mexico I snapped this photo of my nephew during our conversation about what "may" happen to his grandfather out there. 

When we arrived in Mexico it was about 98° and yet he felt as if he was in an ice box. When passerby's would look he'd simply say "It's Gucci!" 

When we arrived in Mexico it was about 98° and yet he felt as if he was in an ice box. When passerby's would look he'd simply say "It's Gucci!" 

As soon as we landed he wanted to go to the beach. On our way we made a few rest stops to give him some rest and water. 

As soon as we landed he wanted to go to the beach. On our way we made a few rest stops to give him some rest and water. 

On our way I met this man selling beautiful straw hats which he makes himself on the spot. He was EXTREMELY uncomfortable with me taking a photo so I began explaining my belief of immortality through photography and his response was "Take one. I want to live forever." In Spanish of course.

 On our way I met this man selling beautiful straw hats which he makes himself on the spot. He was EXTREMELY uncomfortable with me taking a photo so I began explaining my belief of immortality through photography and his response was "Take one. I want to live forever." In Spanish of course.

This lady is the definition of "hood". A few feet away were a couple of hoodlums causing havoc and when I told her to be careful she laughed and made this face I have come to love.

This lady is the definition of "hood". A few feet away were a couple of hoodlums causing havoc and when I told her to be careful she laughed and made this face I have come to love.

This may be the most emotional photo I have ever taken. This is my father staring into the ocean, feeling the heat and brisk water hitting his toes saying "I never thought i would have made it. I finally made it home."

This may be the most emotional photo I have ever taken. This is my father staring into the ocean, feeling the heat of the sun he has missed since diagnosed and the brisk water hitting his toes saying "I never thought I would have made it. I'm finally home, I made it."

UPDATE: I have also chosen this photo as my best shot for our final project. It may not be of the finest quality but it captures the three subjects i seeked: The good, the bad and the ugly. Thank you once again to everyone who took the time to check out my projects.

 

When it comes to photographing. I feel as if the most compelling photos are taken without planning. Thank you for giving me the chance to share my photos with you. 

Below are a few of the photos in their color state.

MOOD BOARD PROJECT

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