Some Photographs From Mexico

 
 

A hot tortilla, a heap of seasoned meat, some cilantro, some onion, a squeeze of lime, and cheap beer to wax finish. Devine. But here’s the thing - you just can’t have all that divinity without an equal potential for disaster. The type of disaster that leaves you on the floor in the fetal position wishing you had never even smelled the thing… viva Mexico.

 
Photograph in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
 

I lift my surfboard off of the carousel and walk towards customs. A young Mexican girl with a sincere face is peering at me from the inside of her glass cubical. She waves me towards her as I get closer. I hand her my passport and documents.

 
Photograph of adobe house in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph from Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph from Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
 

She looks at the photo and then back to me - “Hola Juana’ tan, welcome to Meheeco! Are you for work?” My hands turn to hot washcloths. “No, just surfing.” A nervous smile rips across my face.

 
Photograph of Nick Messina surfing in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Portrait of Nick Messina in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph of street tacos with Nick Messina surfing in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
 

The truth is - my entire adult life, encounters with authority have stirred my lunch, even if I have nothing to hide. But this time, the flavor of lie left an aftertaste.

 
Photograph from Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph of Jon Moore in Baja Mexico, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph of Nick Messina in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph of Jon Moore surfing in Baja Mexico, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
 

I was carrying a bag of expensive camera gear - on a low budget commercial assignment. I hadn’t the money or the time to worry with the litigation of getting a permit to shoot in Mexico.

 
Photograph of Nick Messina in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
 

But, whatever, every sandal wearing gringo in this place was strapped with a camera. I kept my composure, all the time, sure a litany of follow up questions would come.

 
Photograph of Nick Messina eating street tacos in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph from Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph of Nick Messina in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
 

Just as the heat crept from my hands, climbing higher and higher to my armpits - KACHUNK! she stamped the passport with the authority of a judge’s hammer. “Enjoy your time!” She smiled broadly and motioned me through.

 
Photograph of Nick Messina in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph of cactus in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
Photograph of sunset and moon in Baja Mexico by photographer Jon Moore, Creative Director at The Beans and Rice
 

We left the rest of the story in Mexico.

 
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This last shot taken by Nick Messina of yours truly - Until next time.

Signing off,

Jon