Posted in photo essays, projects, work by Kevin Vu on May 24, 2009

















a mexican’s night street scene. mexico. from ‘el laberinto’ series.





up & down

Posted in personal, photo essays, projects, work by Kevin Vu on May 19, 2009


caballero passing on the road. mexico. from ‘el laberinto’ series.


life has been hard and i dont think it’s going to get any easier. but i’ve been fortunate in my life to have a community that is enduring. trying to make it in photography is arduous. so i make sure to have a community of family and peers that will help me keep the faith, the faith in my vision and the faith that my passion with get me somewhere.

you need the belief that your passion and vision will last the purge. i’ve doubted so many times this past year. (just look at my previous post.)  but when i’ve gotten close to the edge, something/someone has always come to take me back. its about survival and scrapping it out for now. doing whatever is needed of you/me, be it getting coffee or taking out the trash for someone or some photographer. do it with passion and joy and people will see it.  but remember, do it with purpose.  dont ever be complacent about where you are in life.  

i was taught some valuable lessons from my football coaches during high school.  one of them was: ‘never settle for mediocrity.’


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.
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Hanging around after the pilgrimage. Mexico D.F., Mexico.
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Manuel standing at an intersection. Mexico D.F., Mexico.
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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.

Culiacan, Mexico

Posted in personal, photo essays by Kevin Vu on September 29, 2008

kids wondering about our bike trip. los mochis, mexico.

we’ve made our way slowly from pueblo to pueblo, town to town. it been exhausting, energizing, hot, sweaty, and thrilling. we slept on the beach the past two days where we there were definitely some characters. it wasnt exactly the safest beach, at least one that i normally wouldnt go to, but these guys know what they’re doing and i trust them whole-heartedly. i’ve learned from sleeping on the beach that i’m the equivalent to a mexican pinata in the life of a mosquito. i have at least 60 bites all over my body. it’s as if i had chicken pox all over again. i wore long sleeves, shoes, and sprayed myself like no other w/ mosquito repellent. none to any avail however. so i’m a bit paranoid of mosquitoes as of right now. my new pet peeve is the sound they make when they’re by your ear…buzzzzzzz. i hate it!!!!!

we’ve had an amazing time so far. these guys pedal about 130 miles each day in the blazing sun of the desert. i follow behind in the truck. the scenery has been gorgeous and i’ve been able to get into places that i would have never gotten into had i not known these guys. they are all so very kind and generous and are letting me pay for very little. so i have to give them money anyway i can, sometimes in the form beers.

we will be heading to mazatlan tomorrow. hopefully it wont rain tomorrow because it started raining right when we got into our hotel. usually i’m pretty cool about camping, but now, mosquitoes just freak me out. so i am loving the air-conditioned rooms of the hotels. and they are very cheap as well.

our plan is to end in mexico d.f. by the 11th, where i will leave them and head to san miguel de allende where i start my job w/ the workshops again. once that is done, lauren will be flying down to meet me and we will be backpacking back up to california. so these past months have been excruciatingly fun and busy and i am loving every minute of it!

santa ana, mexico

Posted in personal, photo essays by Kevin Vu on September 24, 2008

riding at dawn. mexico.

riding in the early morning. san diego, california.

coffee break. sonora, mexico.

parked bikes sitting against a backdrop of the walled off american border . baja, mexico.

carlos fixing the bike. mexicali, mexico.

getting ready to ride. baja, california.

getting ready to ride. baja, california.

beer break. calexico, california.

juan securing the bikes. santa ana, mexico.
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exhausted!! but am having a great time. more to come….