“A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people.” (Annie Leibovitz)

Photography is such an essential part of travel. The days of not packing enough rolls of film are over; digital photography and instant sharing have transformed our experience. This month we invite you to look through the viewfinder at five photographers who call Yucatán “home.” They all have a unique way of seeing our landscape, whether using it as a dramatic backdrop for weddings or fashion photography, contemporary urban themes, or putting you in the picture on your tour of an archaeological site or your day at the beach; and one who has gone on to photograph places all over the world with his original point of view.

The quote above, by the renowned Annie Leibovitz, expresses something very important that for me, applies specifically to travel photography: the places you will go and the food you will eat will captivate you; but the people will stay in your heart. I know, it is not an easy thing to photograph people without being intrusive! The Yucatán Today team recently met a young, self-taught photographer visiting from Vancouver. I spent a day with her and watched how she approached people in a gentle but confident way, camera in hand, indicating without speaking that she would love to photograph them, obtaining their permission with a delicate hand gesture. I was full of admiration!

There are many other photographers we know and love, who we didn’t have room to include in the article. I’d like to specifically mention some whose photos have graced the covers of Yucatán Today: Carlos Espinoza, Antonio López, Fernanda Ortíz, Enrique Osorno, Laura Pasos, Alejandro Poot, Armando Ruz, and our very own Juan Manuel Mier y Terán, dearly missed founder of Yucatán Today. You have all made us look good. Thank you!

Juanita Stein
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