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Janet Jarman March 30, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Mexico.
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Day of the Revolution. Izamal, Mexico

Based in Mexico, Janet Jarman has worked extensively in Latin America and Asia. In addition to assignment work, Jarman has produced various documentary projects which explore immigration issues, globalization and the possibility for sustainable development. Her photographs have been published in Geo, Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Newsweek and Fortune in addition to other publications. Her work has received awards from: Pictures of the Year International, PDN’s Photography Annual, Communication Arts Photography Annual & Best Of Photo Journalism.

About the Photograph:

I vividly remember taking this photo. I was on a travel assignment for the New York Times on UNESCO World Heritage sites in Mexico. Since I was basically street shooting in Izamal, I was quite happy and relieved to find a local parade going on once I drove into town. At the same time though, I was frustrated, since it was getting into the late morning, and the light was unfavorable. I walked with the parade for at least an hour, knowing that I had to keep pushing to find a creative or unusual angle. these types of events are full of the cliché. I had almost given up on the light, when magically, some light clouds rolled in to diffuse things and make colors pop better. Then, this group of girls in red skirts stopped in front of the yellow wall!