Latin America

“THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH.”       –    Helen Keller

 

The Through Line is about the celebration of dark and light in photography and in our lives. It explores the necessary balance in all things, advancing our awareness of beauty while documenting the necessity to love life. Just as a film negative goes through the process of development to become a photograph, we evolve in our own way, challenged with the task of manifesting who we want to be by how we view the world.

– Jay Koppelman

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 CHIAPAS & OAXACA

 San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

 

 

 San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas

 

 

Joven novia con palomas en San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

 14 year old mexican bride with pigeons. San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

 

 

School boys wait for band practice in Teotitlan, Oaxaca

 

 

 Boy with gun. Oaxaca City, Oaxaca

 

 

 Teotitlan, Oaxaca

 

 

 Zinacantan, Chiapas

 

 

 Teotitlan, Oaxaca

 

 

 Oaxaca City, Oaxaca

 

 

 A hairstylist demonstrates his technique on a white mannequin to an all Mexican crowd in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

 

 

 

 Indigenous women leave church in Teotitlan, Oaxaca.

 

 

 Teotitlan, Oaxaca

 

 

 Indigenous girl and child in Zinacantan, Chiapas.

 

 

 Indigenous rug weaver in Teotitlan, Oaxaca.

 

 

 Haircut in Chamula, Chiapas.

 

 

 Chamula, Chiapas

 

 

 Zinacantan, Chiapas

 

 

 Tzotzil indigenous girl in Zinacantan, Chiapas.

 

 

 Tlacomula, Oaxaca

 

 

Abuelita y nino en San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

 San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.

 

Teotitlan, Oaxaca 

 

Woman at graveyard funeral. Teotitlan, Oaxaca

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 MEXICO & SOUTH AMERICA

Workers at Walmart. Ajijic, Mexico

 

 

 Indian warrior with wooden weapons on the street in Mexico.

 

 

cholo, mexican, youth, gang, drugs, gang member, drug addict

Street portrait of a young mexican male.

 

Street portrait of elderly mexican man.

 

 

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous. Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are meant to shine as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

–       Marianne Williamson

Young Ecuadorian girl in Zumbahua, Ecuador, by Jay Koppelman.

Quechua girl. Zumbahua, Ecuador

Huichol indigenous girl in Ajijic, Mexico.Huichol indigenous child. Ajijic, Mexico

Elderly Mexican woman with wrinkles in Ajijic, Mexico.“La Morusa” (Breadcrumb). Ajijic, Mexico

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”

–    Carl Jung

Indigenous Quechua woman sitting on the Quilotoa volcano crater in Ecuador, by Jay Koppelman.Woman sitting on the edge of volcano. Quilotoa, Ecuador

Old man sits next to a nude painting in Ajijic, Mexico, by Jay Koppelman.Old man and nude painting. Ajijic, Mexico

“The greater danger for most of us                                                                                                lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short;                                                                  but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

–      Michelangelo Buonarroti

Australian blue heeler dog and horse in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, by Jay Koppelman.Australian blue heeler and horse. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Huichol indigenous family in Ajijic, Mexico, by Jay Koppelman.Huichol indigenous family. Ajijic, Mexico

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed                                                           by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.                                                    So throw off the bowlines.                                                                                                           Sail away from the safe harbor.                                                                                                Catch the trade winds in your sails.                                                                                          Explore. Dream.  DISCOVER.”

Mark Twain

Mexican fisherman and boat at dusk in Lake Chapala, Mexico. Fine art photography.Fishing boat in weeds. Chapala, Mexico

Mariachi musicians relaxing in Chapala, Mexico. Mexican mariachi players.Mariachi/Musica Norteña musicians. Chapala, Mexico

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”

–        Amelia Earhart

Street portrait of a black woman in Quito, Ecuador. African american woman in latin america.Woman between the lines. Quito, Ecuador

black and white photograph of cormorant birds roosting on trees in lake.Cormorant birds roosting in trees. Chapala, Mexico

“When you realize how perfect everything is                                                                              you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”

–      Buddha

Mexican cowboys talk on cell phones outside the bull ring in Ajijic, Mexico.Cowboys on cell phones. Ajijic, Mexico

Elderly woman in Popayan, Colombia with wrinkled face.Popayan, Colombia

“Be brave enough to live life creatively. The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. You can’t get there by bus, only by hard work and risk and by not quite knowing what you’re doing. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover will be yourself.”

–       Alan Alda, to his daughter

Indigenous Huichol woman reflected in mirror with bead work in Ajijic, Mexico.Huichol bead worker. Ajijic, Mexico

Day of the Dead ceremonies in Chapala, Mexico.Day of the Dead. Chapala, Mexico

“What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.”

–       John Keats

Native indigenous Quechua girl and cactus in Zumbahua, Ecuador.Twelve year old girl. Zumbahua, Ecuador

Shuar indian woman in the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador.Shuar indian. Amazon Jungle, Kuim, Ecuador

“I must not be awake for everything looks to me as it never did before, or else I’m awake for the first time and all that was before was just a dream.”

–        Walt Whitman

Landscape photo of indigenous woman and tree in Quilotoa, Ecuador.Andes mountain range. Quilotoa, Ecuador

Dance of the Old Men (Danza de los Viejitos) from Patzcuaro, Michoacan. Taken in Ajijic, Mexico.Dance of the Old Men. Patzcuaro, Michoacan, Mexico

“Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.”

–       Maya Angelou

A fisherman and a shark caught off the coast of Puerto Lopez, Ecuador.Shark and Fisherman. Manta, Ecuador

Huichol indigenous girl and flowers in Ajijic, Mexico.Huichol indigenous girl and flowers. Ajijic, Mexico

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

–       Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quechua indigenous woman in traditional clothes in Guamote, Ecuador.Quechua indigenous woman and house. Guamote, Ecuador

Top hats and shadows in Cuenca, Ecuador.Shadows and hats. Cuenca, Ecuador

“Every Warrior of the Light has felt afraid of going into battle.                                           Every Warrior of the Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.    Every Warrior of the Light has trodden a path that was not his.                                       Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons.                           Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed he was not a Warrior of the Light.  Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties.                                               Every Warrior of the Light has said ‘yes’ when he wanted to say ‘no.’                             Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved.                                                        That is why he is a Warrior of the Light, because he has been through all this                    and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.”

–        Paulo Coelho

A native indian with head dress in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.Indigenous tribal indian. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Shuar indian children playing in a river in the Amazon Jungle close to Macas, Ecuador.Shuar indian children at river. Amazon Jungle, Macas, Ecuador

“When you are dead                                                                                                                       seek for your resting place                                                                                                            not in the earth                                                                                                                               but in the hearts of men.”

–                  Rumi

Man and mannaquins in Guayaquil, Ecuador.Man checking out mannequins. Guayaquil, Ecuador

A butcher and dead meat at his carniceria in Chapala, Mexico.The butcher. Chapala, Mexico

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expression.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.  No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, diving dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

–       Martha Graham

beautiful mexican folkloric dancer in Ajijic, Mexico.Folkloric dancer. Ajijic, Mexico

Elderly woman in the cold in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.Woman in cold. Ajijic, Mexico

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. My advice to you is: Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine. Go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that’s still left in and around you and be happy!”

–       Anne Frank

Quechua indigenous children find shelter from the cold in the Andes Mountains of Zumbahua, Ecuador.Quechua indigenous children. Zumbahua, Ecuador

Indigenous Mexican woman weaves on the street in Ajijic, Mexico.Mexican weaver. Ajijic, Mexico

“One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.”

–       Helen Keller

Kid catching bubbles in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.Child chasing bubbles. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Mexican girls all dressed up in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.Girls all dressed up. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“When love exists, nothing else matters,                                                                                      not life’s predicaments,                                                                                                                  not the fury of the years,                                                                                                                   not a physical winding down or scarcity of opportunity.”

–                  Isabel Allende

Little Mexican girl and fan in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.Young mexican girl behind fan. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

A child gets his first hair cut in Ajijic, Mexico.First haircut. Ajijic, Mexico

“I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”

–                  Bruce Lee

A gang member in Guadalajara, Mexico.Gang member showing bullet hole scars. Guadalajara, Mexico

An Mexican indian walks past Starbucks Coffee in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.Unexplainable – an indian in front of Starbucks. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“Let us not judge life by the number of breaths taken, but by the number of times the breath is held, or lost, either under a deep emotion, caused by love, or when we stand before an object of interest and beauty.”

–       W.H. Davies

Gang leader in Quito, Ecuador.Gang leader. Quito, Ecuador

Young indigenous woman in the cold in Quilotoa, Ecuador.Young woman in cold Andes Mountains. Quilotoa, Ecuador

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expression.  It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.  No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, diving dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”

–       Martha Graham

A blind musician plays the accordian on the street in Quito, Ecuador.Blind musician. Quito, Ecuador

Mexican mariachis are reflected in this trumpet in Ajijic, Mexico.

Mariachi’s reflection. Ajijic, Mexico

“Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.”
–          Rabindranath Tagore

Indigenous ecuadorian girl.
Quechua ecuadorian girl. Riobamba, Ecuador
Man and bananas in Zumbahua, Ecuador.
Man with bananas. Zumbahua, Ecuador

We are constantly invited to be who we are.”
–         Henry David Thoreau

Indigenous ecuadorian woman in Otavalo, Ecuador.
Indigenous woman in the Otavalo market. Ecuador
Woman smiling. Ecuador
Street portrait of woman with wonderful smile. Riobamaba, Ecuador

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
–            Elie Wiesel

Woman in motion. Saquisili, Ecuador
Shepherd and sheep. Otavalo, Ecuador

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you; Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want; Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.”
–            Rumi

Hat maker. Cuenca, Ecuador
Storekeeper. Otavalo, Ecuador

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

–             Georgia O’Keefe

Mexican girl in traditional dress. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Elderly mexican woman with wrinkles. Chapala, Mexico
Maria. Chapala, Mexico

This above all; to thine own self be true. And it must follow, as the night the day,      thou canst not then be false to any man.

–         Polonius, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet Prince of Denmark

San Miguel de Allende Parroquia Cathedral.
La Parroquia. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
La Parroquia and smoke in black and white. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“Press close bare-bosomed night — press close magnetic nourishing night! Night of south winds! Night of the large few stars! Still nodding night! Mad naked summer night.”
–              Walt Whitman

The Balloon Man. Ajijic, Mexico
The Dance of the Old Men (Danza de los Viejitos). Ajijic, Mexico

“We are constantly invited to be who we are.”
–               Henry David Thoreau

Woman praying on black Jesus while virgen looks on. Guadalajara, Mexico
‘Black Cat Bar,’ mexican cantina. Chapala, Mexico

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
Helen Keller

Man and pork pie hat. Quito, Ecuador
Woman selling corn. Chapala, Mexico

“There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy‘ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”
–          Carl Jung

Man dressed as woman for Carnival (Zayacas festival). Ajijic, Mexico
Sisters. Guamote, Ecuador

Huichol indigenous child. Ajijic, Mexico

Quechua woman. Zumbahua, Ecuador

Mexican musician in front of church. Chapala, Mexico

Huichol indian boy. Ajijic, Mexico

Elderly mexican woman’s hand. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

“Every young artist has to do it one way, his way, and the hell with paterns.  Remember who you are and where you are and what you’re doing. Nobody else can do anything for you and you really wouldn’t want them to, anyway.  And mever take advice, including this.”

–         Katherine Anne Porter

Elderly woman on market day. Guamote, Ecuador
Barbershop. Loja, Ecuador

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.”

–              Theodore Roosevelt

Man praying in church. Loja, Ecuador
Woman selling roses. Cuenca, Ecuador

“Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know. ”

–               Isabella, in Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure

Girl carrying baskets. Riobamba, Ecuador
Child and bycicle. Riobamba, Ecuador

“What is required is sight and insight – then you might add one more: excite.”

–         Robert Frost

Woman and horses at dusk. Quilotoa, Ecuador
Mexican cowboys at bullring. Ajijic, Mexico

“For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.”

–          Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Indigenous tribe playing soccer. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Loja, Ecuador
Native Huichol mexican woman. Ajijic, Mexico
Loja, Ecuador
Tribal indian. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Shuar tribal indians. Amazon Jungle, Huim, Macas, Ecuador
Huichol mexican girl and mask. Ajijic, Mexico
Fisherman and catch. Ajijic, Mexico
Fishermen in Lake Chapala. Ajijic, Mexico
Girl who sat next to me on the bus. Moments later she asked for my phone number…. Somewhere in the Andes mountains, Ecuador.
Lake Chapala Sunset. Chapala, MexicoCross and trees. Zumbahua, EcuadorBaños, EcuadorQuito, EcuadorRiobamba, Ecuador
Armless lottery ticket salesman. Guayaquil, Ecuador
Lake Chapala after rain storm. Chapala, Mexico
Young mexican boy. Ajijic, MexicoMexican folkloric dancer. Ajijic, Mexico
Peguche, Ecuador

The Through Line, a book of Mexican photography by renowned photographer Jay Koppelman.

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