Immigrants - 10/17/2012 - Photos by Marie D. De Jesús
I spent a few hours in Huron making photos of immigrant workers who travel around the nation working for famers. During this time of the year, farm workers stop in Wayne County for the apple harvest.
I spent time speaking to them in Spanish, since this group are original from different countries in Central America and like me they prefer to communicate in our native language. I listened to their stories.
Graciela which is one of the workers spoke about her son incessantly. He stayed behind nine years ago when she arrived to the U.S. to work. She talks about how he is the only thing she has in her mind every minute of the day.
Graciela sends him money and things he need it for school like a computer and a camera for his forensic science courses. According to her recount, her son graduated recently and works in his field. For her that’s the sign that is time to return home.View the full-res image
French’s - 10/08/12/ Photo by Marie D. De Jesús
Rita Fitzgerald looks at the memorabilia from a 24 years career with French’s as the manager of consumer services. Fitzgerald created recipes using French’s foods as a way to market the wide variety of products. Meeting her in Webster where she lives was wonderful. She keeps her tiny apartment impeccable and imminently you feel like you have stepped back into the 60s with her vintage television, furniture and the black and white framed photos. She imminently offered me a key lime pie.View the full-res image
Sudden Death - 10/18/12 - Photo by Tina Yee
Homicides or any sudden deaths are always unexpected news for the person’s survivors. I like how this photo taken at where a dead person was found near the Smith Street bridge really captures the starkness of the news of death.View the full-res image
Our wines - 10/11/12 - Photo by Carlos Ortiz
Droplets pouring into a vat from Merlot grapes being pressed at Fox Run Vineyards on the west side of Seneca Lake in Yates County. A group of wine writers, retailers and others from New York City learned more about Finger Lakes wines by helping with production.View the full-res image
More than fires - 10/04/12 - Photo by Tina Yee
I don’t often think of firefighters doing rope rescues. When they had to go down a steep embankment to get the man who went off it on a lawnmower it was quite a descend. The drop off was so sudden two more steps and this firefighter disappeared.View the full-res image
Dead Chickens- 10/04/12- Photo by Kris J. Murante
Today I went to a farm where 43 chickens, raised to produced eggs for farm stand sale, were killed by (presumably) a mink. The farmer said that amount of chickens would produce 2-3 dozen eggs a day, which he sells for $3 a dozen, costing him $6-9 per day. It sometimes amazes me the people I meet, like this man living such a simple life and having the amount of money some of us spend on a coffee matter so much. This image is of him using one of the murdered chickens as bait at a trap in hopes to catch the mink.View the full-res image
The Democratic Process - 10/03/12 - Photo by Tina Yee
Cameras in the courtroom in New York is rare so it’s fun when you get the privilege to photograph in their. I loved watching the whole process of the debate over the absentee ballots in the Livingston County Republican Primary for District Attorney.View the full-res image