Shot with Mamiya 645, F11@ 1sec, ISO 125, In East Los Angeles at Self Help Graphics, on Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Fallen Roses by a doorway from a shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe; Nahuatl: Tonantzin Guadalupe) is a celebrated Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary. The roses were changed out on the shrine about once a week. As the roses dried and fell they would leave colorful petals on the side walk. During the three weeks I spent observing the shrine I noticed this combination of primary colors. The tile came to me before I took the image.
“According to tradition, on December 9, 1531 Juan Diego, a simple indigenous peasant, had a vision of a young woman while he was on a hill in the Tepeyac desert, near Mexico City. The lady told him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local bishop, who asked for some proof. He went back and had the vision again. He told the lady that the bishop wanted proof, and she said “Bring the roses behind you.” Turning to look, he found a rose bush growing behind him. He cut the roses, placed them in his poncho and returned to the bishop, saying he had brought proof. When he opened his poncho, instead of roses, there was an image of the young lady in the vision."