1.06 – Del Mar

Nicole Olivieri Pagan

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WHY PHOTOGRAPHY ABOUT NATURE???: (Click on first photo to enlarge for a slideshow) As far back into my childhood as I can remember I shared trips to the zoo with my parents. My father tells stories of chasing me around the different exhibits and of me holding his index finger with one tiny hand while pointing excitedly with the other. In my later childhood years I recall beach days with my mother, swimming around fish and following crabs, being taught to love what she grew up admiring as a child. We watched the “normal channels”, such as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, but I always watched Animal Planet and Discovery Chanel before school. I would endlessly enjoy documentaries about wildlife and different places in the world where these fascinating creatures...

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Luis A. Nieves Malavé

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GO FISHING? – Unsteady, treacherous, over three thousand feet deep, intensely sensitive to earthquakes, waves around twelve feet high, and currents stronger than those of the sea, are just some parts of its character. It’s trouble for big boats and a real nightmare for small vessels. But it is also the immediate reality and eternal companion of towns along Puerto Rico’s west coast. It is a strait conceived by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea currents. It’s a rebel son with his own character, the Mona Passage. This friendly foe supplies a living to the people of the west coast, especially to the fishermen who work in its waters. The passage can be a provider, but also a taker. There are a lot of stories about how the Mona Passage is rich in...

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Nicole Alvarez

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THE LAST JUMP – My preoccupation with the Calvache River suicide comes from the morbid fiction writer in me; a tragic suicide in the name of love and a broken heart. I can’t help but wonder what sort of man stands atop a beautiful waterfall, stretching out his arms and after taking one last big breath, dives headfirst with his shirt billowing out behind him like feathered wings. I imagine his neck cracks on the first impact, breaks his back on the second or third, and if he survives, he probably drowns as he bobs unconscious in the whirlpool. It happened over twenty years ago. No one cares to remember the exact date or his name, but everyone agrees infidelity and ruptured pride led to his demise. He wasn’t the first, legend claims, which explains how...

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Camille Pedraja

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THE BROKEN SHOE: A BEDTIME MYTH – “My grandfather always told me stories. I will never forget his favorite, the most fantastic he ever told. ‘Once upon a time there was a tall and strong young man who had a shoe. It was a shoe that, like every mortal creation, broke down on various occasions. With luck, he always fixed it and kept walking forward through the days of his youth. One of those days, the young man fell in love. He was very happy. But before he could join his shoe with his girlfriend’s shoe, a big war broke out. An army of monsters threatened to rule humanity, and so the young man was called to battle. He fought against scavenger birds, demons, and beasts from land and sea. He saved children and saved souls, but his heroic efforts broke his shoe....

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Emérito Ruperto Bayón

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THE SHADOWS OF PICTURES – Who a person is, is not just inherited.  A person’s character is also shaped by imitation. In my case, I am a mix of entrepreneurs, farmers, fisherman, businessmen, and people who believe in hard work and family. Let me introduce the people who made me who I am. Emérito Ruperto Torres is my paternal grandfather. In this picture he was fifty-eight-years-old. Since his teens, he demonstrated an ability for business. In sixth grade, he sold candy at school. In the mornings, he bought candy at the local grocery store using his father’s credit and then sold it at school at a mark up. He paid off the bill at the grocery store with his profits. After he graduated from high school, his first job was cutting sugar cane.  He wagered some of...

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