This weathered likeness of Our Lady of Guadalupe was carved in 1959 by Toby Avila, one of only 26 Albuquerque men to return from the Korean War. Using only a kitchen knife, a sharpening stone and a mallet, Tony spent more than a year carving his revered La Virgen, always humming Spanish hymns and often working only by the light of a flashlight.
Tony died, less than a week after finishing the image, with specks of blue paint still on his hands.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Canon EOS Rebel T1i
Tokino 12-24mm lens
Tripod, 3 RAW images +2 to -2, Photomatix Pro 3.2