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From my father's hands, all things are given.

In honor of Father's Day, just wanted to share this older post:) 

I went home last week to Los Angeles and spent some time photographing my dad. His hands have always held a distinction of reverence. They tell the story of my family's life from which his hands built and continue to shape. From my father's hands, all things are given.

Interview with Latinos Behind the Lens

I'm so excited to share my interview with Latinos Behind the Lens. Ramon Nuez has a great blog and was so kind to invite me to participate. My sister, Natalie Franco, was just recently interviewed as well. Here is the link and hope you enjoy the read! http://www.latinosbehindthelens.com/nicole-franco-touches-on-the-importance-of-family-and-her-photography/

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A post for World Water Day

In honor of World Water Day, I'm sharing a preview of my water project I've been working on here in Central Mexico.

In the high desert mountains, in the heart of Mexico, the people thirst. The arid terrain is unforgiving and over 400 communities struggle for accessibility to clean water. Today, both the surface and subterranean water are drying up at an alarming rate and the water that remains is highly contaminated from years of mining, overgrazing and pollution. While also, deforestation, erosion and excessive extraction greatly add to the reduction. Initiatives like harvesting rainwater have greatly attributed to improvements in quality of life but then, rain falls in abundance only once a season. Now, more than ever, education and conservation need to overwhelm the communities.

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It's estimated that 780 million people lack access to clean water in the world today.

Field Notes

Generosity, I've come to understand, binds communities together. The labor, the pain and the strength that each day demands is something quite remarkable to witness. Their work, their lives, move around and through each other for survival. The efforts of the day are palpable. And, there's a sense of gratitude that comes with exhaustion and rest. Everytime I leave the campos, I'm always hopeful for a quick return.

 

 

 

Notes from November

As we phase out of November, just wanted to share some images and thoughts. November was a great month here in Mexico. The seasons finally changed and we got a break from the heat:) It was also Dia De Los Muertos; which was a fantastic cultural and visual experience. I also spent more time out in the campo working on a new portrait series about women and the land, as seen in the pic above. Looking forward to Christmas and all celebrations that come with it here in San Miguel de Allende. Thanks for reading. Nic

Current Location: Central Mexico

What was supposed to be a 2 week trip, turned into a temporary move. Yes, my husband and I are currently residing in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. This small colonial town sits quietly in the high desert mountains of Central Mexico and it's here where Matt is currently working. One of perks to being freelance (yes, there are a few) is flexibility with my mobility... so I came down to join him. While Matt is busy working on his newest project, I've jumped on the opportunity to start one as well. Hope you enjoy the images:)

As part of a project I'm working on, about the current water crisis in Mexico and more specifically in and around Central Mexico, I've been spending time photographing a small rural community outside of San Miguel De Allende (SMA), called Cruz del Palmar. There are over 400 communities outside of SMA who are struggling and surviving without sufficient drinking water. Government and both local and  international NGO's are taking on varying initiatives to help aid and replenish this dire situation. Clean drinking water has been a long standing national concern for decades. Last year, 'the right to water' for all citizens was even implemented into Mexico's Constitution. Below is a sneak preview of life in Cruz Del Palmar.

More to come so please visit! Here are also some iphone snaps of Cruz Del Palmar.

 

 

Thanks for reading y Saludos!

For Kevin...

I was digging, well, trying to organize my archive and came across these images I shot of my friend years ago in Italy. Coincidentally, it's also his birthday today and he's stationed half way around the world. So, Happy Birthday Kevin, stay safe!

 

 

On the Farm

I made a recent escape to a dear friend's family ranch in Texas. 'The Farm', rests quietly about 60 miles outside of Dallas on a beautiful piece of land with lakes, wild flowers, an old red barn and lots of cows;) But, its true beauty is magnified by the people who inhabit the beloved Rosebud Creek Ranch... thanks Carl.