“I have to say, you all did an excellent job searching for and then finding the perfect guide, Patricio. His presence and wealth of information pulled all the experiences together. The historical and cultural context within which he presented information made the experiences richer, more meaningful, more comprehensible.
Your choice of excursions, also excellent, offered more than I had imagined a week long workshop could entail. It’s hard for me to pinpoint, single out, a favorite experience, they were all so exciting, in different ways. There is however, an image of the mountain-top cemetery, etched in my mind’s eye. I find myself going there in my mind, at times unexpected, just to re-see the incredible colors and sights. The families/groups that we were able to meet, visit and make connections with was an invaluable part, giving the experience another dimension. We were able to photograph someone we had made a connection with.
In short, Chiapas wowed us. Exploring culture and photography in a dramatic green mountainous setting provided great photo opportunities and many memories. The Tenejapa coffee growing cooperative family and Magdalenas weaving cooperative family will be in our hearts for many, many years. Día de los Muertos at a mountaintop cemetery was a kaleidoscope of floral color and deep valley views. Observing blending of pre-Columbian and Catholic faiths at the semi-closed community of Chamula was unforgettable. Walking tours of San Cristobal, photo editing sessions and great food completed several days. Patrick, our local guide, was great fun. His humor and deep understanding of all things Mexico enriched our experience.
Would we go on another photo tour with Michael and Jennifer? Absolutely. We felt like friends due to their easy conversational style.”
Bill & A – Chiapas 2017