frank ockenfels

Posted in work by Kevin Vu on October 27, 2008

sol hanging out by the flowers. san miguel de allende, mexico.
© kevin t vu

just finished the 1st week of san miguel w/ frank ockenfels. he was an amazing instructor/photographer. we worked w/ home depot lights and produced some amazing imagery. For me, the photographers i respect are the ones that i’ve met and can see why their imagery is so stunning. and i found frank to be one of those photographers that i truly admire.

this week, i will be assisting marcela taboada. she’s a mexican documentary photographer. so i’m excited to see how this week goes.



Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on October 20, 2008

renie…a kind and giving boss that is more than a boss, but a friend.
san miguel, mexico.
© kevin t vu

for you ren.

static for the moment

Posted in personal, work by Kevin Vu on October 19, 2008

Foggy afternoon. Pozos, Mexico.
© kevin t vu

New friends exploring new places. Pozos, Mexico.
© Vidal Berrones

I have been in San Miguel de Allende for a week now and have discovered that the people and their city are beautiful. There is a large ‘gringo’ population and is, therefore, a bit more tailored than many of the other cities that i have thus far visited in mexico. Yet, there is a uniqueness to it that is very intriguing.

We have prepared the classrooms for the upcoming workshop season which starts today. I will be working w/ Frank Ockenfels, whose style is completely different from my own. It should be a great opportunity for me to expand my photographic techniques.

On another note, it has been refreshing to know that i have a beautiful, clean and warm home to come back to everyday. I am here for another month will be trying to get a sense of the place and its people.

Mexico D.F. to San Miguel de Allende

Posted in photo essays, work by Kevin Vu on October 14, 2008

Carlos in his beanie and bicycle helmet. Mexico D.F., Mexico.
© kevin t vu

Hanging around after the pilgrimage. Mexico D.F., Mexico.
©kevin t vu

Manuel standing at an intersection. Mexico D.F., Mexico.
©kevin t vu

We’ve finished the race down to Mexico city!!!! It was an exhilarating ending heading into the city. We came in at 6am to beat the madness of the beast. Police cars were stopping traffic for us as we raced through the streets trying not to get hit by any cars (I believe one bicyclist was hit). We reached ‘La Iglesia Tepeyac.’. It was an amazing feeling as we saw the church come into view w/ the thousands standing and waiting!

From there, they got cleaned up and we had time to get breakfast and do a short walk around the area. I fell behind as they were riding away to the equipment truck. So I ended up walking around in pitch dark w/ some expensive equipment in an area that you dont want to go about. After an hour of searching, I found them and we enjoyed some beers at 9 in the morning to celebrate. From there we went to a mass that was held for the pilgrims. We, then, had lunch and left the city.

It’s weird to not see these guys anymore. I was with them for 3 solid weeks and I loved their company and friendship. I thanked them as I headed off alone.

I want to get my work done so that I can send the images to Juan, Carlos, Luis and their families. It has been a great trip and I’m so glad that they afforded me that opportunity. I hope my images will tell them the many thanks that I didnt say when I was w/ them.

I am now in San Miguel starting another chapter with the Santa Fe Photo Workshops. It has been wonderful to hang out w/ Ren, Anne, Spelman, Tricia and Cristina.

zitacuaro, mexico

Posted in personal by Kevin Vu on October 10, 2008

riding through the city. ciudad hidalgo, mexico.

am definitely in the thick of it now!! we got to their small pueblo almost a week ago. there, we were able to relax and recuperate for 3 days. and now, we’re engulfed in the bike pilgrimage for the Virgin Guadalupe! there are literally hundreds, if not more, of bicyclists! and the excitement surrounding the journey has been addicting. wherever we past, families and children come running out to clap for them. and the generosity of the mexican people have been astounding. i’ve had the privilege of that through juan, carlos, and jose, who’ve let me come into theirs. we come into towns and the towns people prepare breakfast and lunch for us. i’ve raced around in the back of trucks and ridden on motorcycles. almost lost a leg today (and a $5,000 camera) trying to run and jump onto a truck that was leaving. had no choice as it was my last option and i would’ve have been stranded. all this and i just cant believe it will be all over in 2 days! after that, my next journey starts!