From protests that turned Albuquerque’s downtown into an array of smoke and fire to UNM students developing alternatives to President Donald Trump’s border wall, the amount of community involvement around political issues has increased dramatically since Trump’s campaign. This photo project came as a culmination of photos collected from nearly a year of photographing protests and community efforts in response to our current political climate.
“The experience taught us that getting lost isn’t something to avoid, but to embrace.”- The Lost Girls: Three Friends. Four Continents. One Unconventional Detour Around the World.
Traveling around the nations and some countries teaches people to become creative and keep the mind active. It challenges yourself and build resilience, while realizing who you are. If I could give one piece of advice to all students, it would to travel. This place might change your life or not, but you will experience an adventure that you never have before.
Thousands of UNM students and Albuquerque locals attended the annual UNM Fiestas this year. People came out to see the headliners Skizzy Mars and Gramatik, along with a whole slew of other musical artists. Almost everyone who attended the music festival only saw the shows from the perspective of looking up from the crowd; I wanted to give people a more personal and close-up look at the people who were playing on stage, and their perspective of the audience.
It all started with one shelf of spices and Middle Eastern goods. The need for Middle Eastern products in Albuquerque is what inspired the Aggad family to open Cafe Istanbul. Originally from Palestine, the Aggad’s moved to Columbus, Ohio before making their way to Albuquerque. Since the market’s opening, Cafe Istanbul has been an important part of the community. Customers have shown tremendous support to the Aggad family by bringing them flowers, thank you cards and hugs. “It’s really a blessing,” cafe owner Itadel Aggad said. “We are really blessed to know that people come and they care. We share stories, we share laughs, we share hugs in hard times like Trump’s (election). People would come and say ‘Can I have a hug?’ It means the world. Anytime you communicate with people, it’s the best feeling...and it makes you feel good that they are happy.”
This was quite the experience for myself and my friends — going to an unknown music festival that is relatively small but well known for having the best atmosphere and great people. The Desert Hearts Music Festival is tucked deep in the hills of Southern California on a Native American reservation called Los Coyotes. The music festival lasted a full weekend, with the music playing nonstop from Friday at 10 a.m. until Monday at 4 p.m. This experience was like no other, and I knew I wanted to share some photos of it. So many unique people from around the world came together to experience the four-day event just to dance the winter night away. I would recommend this music festival for easy-going techno lovers and for those looking for a culture-based event where complete strangers become family overnight. And for those wondering, it is a 21-and-up event, so it was the party of a lifetime. Please enjoy these photos and others under my Instagram (@itschiddy) and my website somethingchiddy.com
Actor and activist Shia Labeouf relaunched his installment "He Will Not Divide Us" outside the El Rey theatre in Albuquerque on Saturday, eliciting the help and support of Red Nation. After the launch, a crowd of around fifty people chanted "he will not divide us" and other anti-Trump sentiments outside the installment. Labeouf's original installment of "he will not divide us," located at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New YorkCity, was recently shut down for “a serious and ongoing public safety hazard for the Museum, its visitors, staff, local residents, and businesses,” and becoming “a flashpoint for violence,” according to a statement from the Museum's website. The project was initially launched on President Trump’s inauguration day on and was intended to run through the entirety of his first term as president.
Thousands of demonstrators gather around Civic Plaza in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of what grew into an international Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. The march was organized in response to the inauguration of President Donald Trump.
The Lobos defeated the University of Texas San Antonio for the 11th Gildan New Mexico Bowl Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Lobos defeated the Road Runners 23-20, marking their fist bowl game win since 2007 and their second victory overall in the past 55 years.
On my trip back home from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota a blizzard rolled in and crippled the road system in the Dakotas. -23 mile per hour wind gusts would hit the roads and freeze them instantly. I found refuge in a gymnasium in the small town of Mclaughlin, South Dakota, where a loving family was accepting travelers who needed shelter.
I spent two nights bundled up with others to wait the storm out. I heard stories from Lakota elders, strategized driving routes with weary travelers and spoke with people from all around the world. I’ve never met people so giving and loving, and all within the insides of a gymnasium.
As the Christmas season approaches, families go in search of a tree to celebrate the festivities. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, 25 to 30 million trees are sold annually, and nearly 350 million Christmas trees have now been grown on this farm.
Families have the option of cutting down their own tree over simply going to the store and getting an artificial one. In many cases, however, if we bear in mind the environment, the decision may not be so obvious.
It causes more damage to the environment to get an artificial tree than it does to cut down a real one, due to many fake christmas trees giving off chemicals during manufacturing that are not totally different from carbon emissions.
UNM senior wide receiver Dameon Gamblin started to play football when he was younger, following in his brother’s footsteps. “When I was 4 years old, my mom threw me in flag football and it has kind of snowballed since then,” Gamblin said. Gamblin is from Mesquite, Texas. When he first got to New Mexico, he noticed there were a lot of rocks and dirt.
“When I first got here, nobody understood what I was saying,” he said. “I guess I am from the south and I have a thick accent. That’s what everyone kept telling me, and I kept having to repeat myself.” He thinks people around New Mexico are nice and friendly. He also said he enjoys the New Mexico sunsets. His typical day during football season starts at 6 a.m. He spends most of his day at school and in practice. When he has free time, he likes to spend it with his girlfriend, Johanna Kapanui.
UNM senior wide receiver Dameon Gamblin started to play football when he was younger, following in his brother’s footsteps.
“When I was 4 years old, my mom threw me in flag football and it has kind of snowballed since then,” Gamblin said.
Gamblin is from Mesquite, Texas. When he first got to New Mexico, he noticed there were a lot of rocks and dirt.
“When I first got here, nobody understood what I was saying,” he said. “I guess I am from the south and I have a thick accent. That’s what everyone kept telling me, and I kept having to repeat myself.”
He thinks people around New Mexico are nice and friendly. He also said he enjoys the New Mexico sunsets.
His typical day during football season starts at 6 a.m. He spends most of his day at school and in practice. When he has free time, he likes to spend it with his girlfriend, Johanna Kapanui.
Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm is known for its charming property and its delectable food, sourced locally from all over New Mexico. This photo essay takes a look behind the scenes of
the Los Poblanos kitchen crew led by the talented head chef Jonathan Perno.
The Los Poblanos kitchen crew is hardworking and carries a commitment to sustainability and delicate preparation that makes Los Poblanos food exquisite and unique.
For my photo essay, I decided to photograph the UNM campus through not only my camera lens, but also my phone. The main purpose of this photo series was, instead of going through the motions of daily student life myself, to observe my surrounding and see what other people are experiencing. Throughout my series there are many active people around the University, and as a transfer student, I wanted to experience and capture these moments.
These moments were not planned, as I let the subjects in the photos go about their daily lives while I captured the moments. This series will continue on Instagram under the hashtag “#BetweenClassesU.” I hope others will join in and capture these rare moments around the University of New Mexico and post their photos as well.
The Lobos men's soccer team celebrates as they score a penalty kick against the University of Portland Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at the UNM Soccer Complex. The Lobos defeated the Pilots after nine rounds of penalty kicks and will advance to the second round of NCAA Championships.