Ermelinda

photosbytony

Harrisburg, United States

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Featured in “50+GROUP” 7/29/11
Featured in the “Human Condition” 8/11/11

I was persuaded to move to Mexico City in the early 70’s by a friend. He and three other graduates of the Art Institute of Chicago were going to open a studio that would be a one stop shop for the advertising industry. He convinced us we would be the rock stars of the advertising world in Mexico. Mexico City was his hometown. Two graphic designers, an illustrator who specialized in air-brush, our leader, the photographer and me, no skills, divorced with a four year old son in my custody. Guess I was the gopher. It was an eye opening time, exciting, fun and beyond any doubt educational. It changed my perspective on the world in many ways. We all lived and worked together in two apartments that we made one large space. One became our studio and photo laboratory where we processed both B&W and color film manually in wooden sinks covered with the same resin that they used for boats. We did the reconstruction ourselves. I think it was a third floor walk-up, no signage, a barbershop on the first floor ( hot towel shave 10 cents ), a block from Chapultepec park. Ermelinda was our live-in housekeeper, a wonderful cook, nanny for my son and one of the most wonderful people I have ever known and I considered her part of my little family. I’m sure she thought we were crazy and I know living with us was as unique an experience for her as living in a foreign country, learning a new language and adjusting to a different culture was for me and my son. She was very shy with the camera but I persuaded her to let me take this photo saying I needed the practice with the studio lights.

Mexico City, Mexico

Nikkormat camera, I think 50 mm lens Tri-X Film

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