This is a guest post by Joe Routon of Joseph Routon Portraits. Joe is a great photographer and artist and I want to share his Mexico photography with you. I suggested a guest post and I am very happy he accepted. All photos are copyright of Joseph Routon. Enjoy his story and work below. – Tina
Our love of Mexico began over 50 years ago when, after graduate school in Louisville, Kentucky, my wife and I moved to Hobbs, New Mexico, for my first job.
We had never been to a foreign country, and since Juarez, in Chihuahua, Mexico, was only 200 miles away, we traveled there several times during our stay in New Mexico. Juarez is definitely not your typical Mexican city, but going there was an exciting adventure that made us want to see more of the country.
A few years later, we moved to New York City so I could study oil painting at the Art Students League and the National Academy of Design. While studying full-time, I worked part-time as a newspaper photographer and reporter. After finishing school, I became a full-time oil portrait painter, and my wife, three children, and I moved to New Jersey to live in a suburb of Philadelphia.
We’ve traveled all over the world, including several more trips to Mexico, as we were drawn by the history, culture, art, music, architecture, and food.
In September 2012, the World Cataract Foundation asked me to travel to Ometepec, Guerrero, Mexico, with a group of ophthalmic surgeons and their teams, to photograph and document cataract surgeries for a week.
Several hundred impoverished Mexicans’ lives were transformed after their surgeries—many had very little or no vision before their operations. Being a part of the World Cataract Foundation’s medical mission week was a life-changing experience for me. I was inspired by the wonderful work that the surgeons and their teams performed, and getting to know many Mexicans in Ometepec caused me to love the country even more.
Soon I will travel to Mexico City, Oaxaca, Merida, and Palenque for more Mexico photography. I especially enjoy taking pictures of children and am looking forward to being in Mexico again.[clickToTweet tweet=”Discover a love of #Mexico #photography in 10 cool images. ” quote=”Discover a love of #Mexico #photography in 10 cool images.”]
Joe and his wife, Joyce Ann, live in New Jersey. They have three children and seven grandsons. Joe and his wife love to travel and have been to over 50 countries around the world. Joe’s work has been featured on the cover of Budget Travel Magazine, and he wrote an article about his trip to Mexico with the World Cataract Foundation for Shutterbug. You can learn more about Joe by visiting him online at Joseph Routon Portraits OR Joe Routon on Flickr OR Joe Routon on 500px OR all three if you really like his work :-)
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Originally published January 31, 2017