A little while back, my friend, Sarah, told me about a quaint little goat farm off the side of the highway, somewhere between San Miguel De Allende and Mexico City. She said, "the goats are from France, the cheese is delicious and the owner looks like Santa Claus." My response was.... when can we go?:) A few days later, we were on our way. The farm was sweet, the owners and staff super gracious, bought a bunch of cheese, lost one CF card and LOVED the goats!
But only for 2 weeks, then off to the States again.
It's officially hot here in the desert. Making my escape to NYC this weekend but wishing we were off to la playa. Here are some images from our trip to Tulum last year, enjoy...
I was organizing photos yesterday and came across this image. Shot last year, at the local reservoir in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico.
Enjoying working in color more:)
I happen to love gelato but then again, who doesn't. So, when my good friend/owner of Gelato Dolce Far Niente asked me to take some photos, I was pretty stoked. We had a fun shoot and though the gelato was melting quicker than we could shoot, I think we got some good shots. Here are a few of my favorites...
Thank you Alex!!
"La casa no descansa en la tierra sino en la mujer"
"The house does not rest on the earth, but on a woman."
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/
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.
It's estimated that 780 million people lack access to clean water in the world today.
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.
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