Monday, May 18, 2015

Nilsa on the way to Van Horn(y), Tx

I've known Nilsa since she walked into my lighting course I taught at International Center of Photography in NYC.  She claims I was fired because near the end of the semester when the students came in late I yelled "Fuck you!" I remember being fired for lending a strobe light to a student over night (I was told never to do that) and the next day she said they were stolen out of her car.
She next took some courses I taught at School of Visual Arts on 23rd st and we've remained friends ever since.
Nilsa doesn't feel comfortable photographing so she turns her creative energies on setting up tableaus with dolls. She has worked with photo shop since its inception and tried to explain (teach) to me some of the digital magic but Im used to 6 years of hard `point and shoot'.
UNtil now. Now I have a Leica M9 digi camera. The learning curve is long but I'm beginning to see the light. Nilsa flew in from NYC and stayed at the Haciend del Sol which was one of the places my parents went in the 50s to celebrate their anniversary.
I used to love it there..on the porch, etc. but not anymore. They are adding on without soul. Her suite looked like a high end Ramada, not an adobe casita. Ugh! Service was terrible, coffee uneven but she liked it and would go out in the early morning and take photos.



 She even so a Rattler. I brought her a series of hats-against-the sun and we took photos.



We are long time plutonic friends.


Nilsa at breakfast


Nilsa as Chaplin


Nilsa as C. Chaplin


Nilsa at work


Nilsa self portrait


Nilsa as Heloise

I took her to the deGrazia chapel and she reminded me of Madonna (not the singer)




note the `two hat' look. The Woody Allen under hat was there against the sun.

Thursday night we went to the Cup to hear Roberto Duran play his beautiful Mexican guitar.


And Robert Villa for snakes, gila monsters and violin. 


we get serenaded.


Robert can look snotty holding a violin but he isn't


Robert lking like Fabian in concert

Next day a quick stop at Carlos Lorenzo's for conversation soup.


We attended the last event of the year at Exploded View micro cinema (the brain child of David and Rebecca). Avant AZ (films by friends and people I don't know. Below is Sam Angiulo about to perform her "CHILD I WILL HURT YOU".



Then onto highway 10 to Wilcox, Az for mother's day



I've been doing this essay on food coloring...I mean hair coloring and Nilsa directed me to the convenience store operator in Wilcox. Thank you Nilsa.



I'm learning again how to focus


a customer at the store.


Caligraphy by Nilsa


Nilsa without post production


outside a gym (closed)



`Doppleganger' by Nilsa Macaya 

I've been criss crossing American for several years now and I am aware of how screwed the economy is outside the main US cities. Nilsa was unaware. Now she too knows.


`Arrid' by Nilsa Macaya. she wrote me an email with this image. Hope she is ok with me reproducing it here.

called this company to find out if they are open for business, but they are out of business. was curious because the flowering bush in front of the place suggests possible life in the company. in any case, great opportunity for a photojournalist to capture the current truth of the economy. detroit is reported and chicago’s possible bankruptcy is monitored, but i have read nothing about the near disappearance of so many southwestern american towns.
-Nilsa Macaya.

















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