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An Education Without Borders

Winning photograph speaks volumes

Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han
Winning photo by UNM art education graduate student Junfu Han

An older Latina woman stands clutching a telephone pole painted with colors of the American flag in a border town of the Southwestern United States. She’s expressionless except for a squinting of her dark eyes during the midday sun. Her gaze is slightly off camera and a silver cross is half hidden under her blouse. Her left wrist is bandaged, yet she doesn’t seem broken. Rather, she's solid and stoic with an unassuming strength. The author of this photograph is Junfu Han, a UNM Art Education graduate student and the winner of the 1st Annual International Education Week photo contest.

During the week of Nov. 11, UNM’s Global Education Office hosted International Education Week, and unlike previous years, this year’s event included the photo contest. The week focuses on the benefits of studying abroad and celebrates the diversity of UNM students. Photographers entered the contest, whose theme was “International Experiences,” with portraits, landscapes, architecture, street photography, abstract or experimental pictures. Han’s striking composition of the Latina woman in the Chihuahuita community in El Paso, TX was declared the winner with its portrayal of American mythos and Mexican experiences on the border.

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When It Was Now

New Mexican photographer exhibits 9/11 images

Saint Nicholas
“Saint Nicholas”

History has snuck up on me. One moment, it was now: when I first heard the news of the planes crashing. I recall it clearly—as do many of you—and it’s irrelevant that we remember different moments. It seems enough that we remember.

Lew Outside
“Lew Outside”

Then it was a little after now, when America battened its hatches, put flag stickers on its minivans, unironically used the descriptor “Homeland” and wrote memos rationalizing torture. Yet the constant thread during that time, however insane or useless it was in application, remained remembrance of 9/11.

I recall being 6 or 7 and not really knowing what the Vietnam War was or when it had happened—and I remember seeing in my grandpa’s face how my ignorance wounded him a little. A veteran of the Air Force, he’d served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam; of course it was unimaginable that Vietnam wasn’t looming large in all American minds.

When I talk to someone too young to remember that now shared so viscerally by the rest of us, it feels shocking, even though it shouldn’t.

Fuselage
“Fuselage”

Photographer Eric O’Connell was living in Manhattan when 9/11 happened. His personal story is pretty amazing—he’s lucky to be alive—but mostly what’s worth noting is the now that he captured on film in all its awful chaos and chilling stillness. The shared remembrance that so many of us possess, the way we still exchange the where-I-was-when stories, must slowly but inexorably give way to a remembrance grounded in images like these.

Watching
photos courtesy of Eric O’Connell
“Watching”
Opening reception for A New Reality: Photographs of 9/11 by Eric O’Connell

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 to 8pm
Albuquerque Photographer’s Gallery
303 Romero NW
(upstairs)
244-9195, abqphotographersgallery.com
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Count the tongues hanging out at the Alibi’s 20th Anniversary party photo booth

Correct answer wins a pony!

Special thanks to Photo Booth Rentals of New Mexico and the folks at Foundation Industries and Effex Nightclub for a great night of celebration October 9. And thanks to Buffet King and Cake Fetish for the tasty eats.

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Marigold Parade slideshow!

The 13th annual Día de los Muertos Marigold Parade went down in the South Valley on Sunday, Nov. 6. The Alibi covered it in this week’s issue; here are those photos along with about 40 others that didn’t make it to print. Enjoy.

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Scavenger Hunt 2011 slideshow!

We wish we could have run all of the submissions to our 2011 scavenger hunt in the paper. But thanks to the miracle of the Flickr slideshow, we can run them online! Check it out.

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Coolest “Breaking Bad” costume

“We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to as advertised—no emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chile powder.”
Photo by Katy Murphy
“We are going to make a good product that does what it is supposed to as advertised—no emulsifiers, no baking powder, no bleach, no chile powder.”

A friend sent me this photo. It may or may not be the guy I bumped into Downtown on Saturday who gave me a teener of blue meth (i.e., cotton-candy flavored rock candy). Happy Halloween, Burque!

Trick or treat!
Trick or treat!
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The beautiful Jemez Mountains did not entirely burn down.

A cell phone photo essay.

Some trees, while not burned per se, were baked to a crispy golden brown.
Some trees, while not burned per se, were baked to a crispy golden brown.

East Forks seems thankfully untouched by the fire, at least from the road. They moved the parking area farther up the hill since last time I was there. This is where I had my 1982 Class B Bigfoot sighting, by the way.
East Forks seems thankfully untouched by the fire, at least from the road. They moved the parking area farther up the hill since last time I was there. This is where I had my 1982 Class B Bigfoot sighting, by the way.
It’s actually pretty lush in the Jemez now, due to monsoon rains.
It’s actually pretty lush in the Jemez now, due to monsoon rains.
This rock tunnel was also virtually untouched by the fire.
This rock tunnel was also virtually untouched by the fire.
Forest Road 376 didn’t suffer from the Las Conchas Fire, though there are burned areas from some previous fire now filling in with thick stands of aspen. I almost saw a bear, too. I started following a couple of anglers up a hill where they excitedly told me they had just seen a “big ass” bear. We all decided it was a dumb idea before we got to the top of the hill.
Forest Road 376 didn’t suffer from the Las Conchas Fire, though there are burned areas from some previous fire now filling in with thick stands of aspen. I almost saw a bear, too. I started following a couple of anglers up a hill where they excitedly told me they had just seen a “big ass” bear. We all decided it was a dumb idea before we got to the top of the hill.
The crispy baked trees stand in stark contrast to the lush green grass, yes?
The crispy baked trees stand in stark contrast to the lush green grass, yes?
The Valle Caldera was only lightly touched by fire. Surprisingly, Las Conchas picnic area escaped burning as well, though it was closed to the public. Some of you may recall this as the location where I caught a leopard frog when I was 10.
The Valle Caldera was only lightly touched by fire. Surprisingly, Las Conchas picnic area escaped burning as well, though it was closed to the public. Some of you may recall this as the location where I caught a leopard frog when I was 10.
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Supermoon for Superfriends

Jes Abeita

Alibi contributor Jessica Abeita sent us some images of people watching the supermoon Saturday at West Bluff Park in Albuquerque. Abeita is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She was also a finalist in the Photographer's Forum 2011 College Contest. Thanks for sending us your snaps, Jes! The last one is particularly gorgeous.

Jes Abeita
Jes Abeita
Jes Abeita
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Gay Pride 2010

Albuquerque’s Pride Parade must be one of the best-photographed events in town. There’s no shortage of colors, costumes and full-on joy splashing around. These photos are culled from that Alibi’s Flickr photo pool, a Facebook shoutout and my very own camera.

We must wait 361 days to bask in the technicolor “sunshine, lollipops and rainbows” (as Leslie Gore sings) of the most gorgeous parade in Burque. Dig through this slide show and dream about your 2011 float until then.

If you’ve got rad photos to add, hit me up at marisa@alibi.com

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Alibi Flickr Photo of the Day

Posted to Alibi’s Flickr photo pool by richardzx.

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