After spending some time in Texas we headed south of the border for a few days of shooting for Brixton in Monterrey, Mexico. The U.S. State Department website had quite a few warnings deterring Americans from traveling there, but what we experienced was the complete opposite. Everywhere we went the locals went out of their way to answer questions and point us in the right direction.
The whole genesis of this trip came a few months back when I decided to attend a workshop in Monterrey with Sean Flanigan. Sean’s work has been a constant inspiration throughout my journey as a photographer. My goal for the workshop wasn’t to learn to shoot like Sean, figure out his camera settings, or see how he edits his work. I wanted to see someone constantly pushing boundaries and taking risks; someone who is always digging deep to create work that evolves. Moving forward. That’s what it’s all about. I can’t thank Sean and his wife Melanie enough for sharing their hearts and vision. Also, huge thanks to Fer Juaristi for hosting the workshop in your home and being an all around rad dude. It was a pleasure to meet you, amigo.
If I had any closing thoughts for this whole trip it would be this: carve a life for yourself that you take pride in. Focus on making moments over money. All four of us worked hard on this trip. Real hard. There were 4 a.m. bus rides, three hour border crossings, living out of backpacks most of the time, and eating late night peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (Heno you’re the best pb&j chef on the planet). In life doors don’t open for you, you have to kick them in.
Much love to you, Monterrey; I’ll be back ASAP.