Yearly Review

DeportationImmigrant-s©2009 Chicago Tribune/Alex Garcia

One of the benefits of going through the gauntlet of contest deadlines in January is the self-review of one’s past year as a photographer.   You look back and get a chance to see what went well, what didn’t, and where you could have done better.  The photo above was a favorite from last year, that was largely unseen since it appeared in an online slideshow for a couple seconds. It was taken from within a bus in which a couple dozen Mexican nationals were being deported for illegal immigration. The light coming from the window was the sunrise, giving them a last look of Chicago before they were flown to the border. Everyone’s story was different. Some were painfully uprooted.  Others were happy to get a free trip home, determined to return. But the picture was a quiet moment – whether for contemplation, or calculation…

Alex Garcia

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