The Hillsborough BBQ Company Project: Family…

At this point of the semester, you may already be tired of how many times we have mentioned the word “family” to describe us, the staff at Hillsborough BBQ Company. It’s true though. We behave as if we were members of a huge family. For instance, we make a lot of jokes and laugh out loud.


We teach each other how to use some basic tools…



Or we discover how basic things work together.



When any of us needs help, we are willing to lend him or her a hand.



We talk about our real families. Hey, how is that ear-infection your baby got recently? I have one nowadays and it’s killing me. You should visit a doctor, man.



We double-check that we didn’t miss important pieces of information. For example, does “onion jalapeños” mean “extra onion and jalapeños” instead of “no pickles but onion and jalapeños”?



Not only once but twice.



We passionately discuss about sports too. There is a Duke side of the family, and there’s a Tar Heel side of the family. I know you are a Tar Heel, but what do you think? Shall Jabari Parker go to the NBA next year? I don’t think so. Well, yes, I do!



Because, let’s be honest. We love sports. 



But sometimes we also need to tell each other, Hey! Wake up! What are you doing? How could you forget that it was your turn? Do your job! 



And then tension emerges especially when somebody has to make up the work other people didn’t do before.



Perhaps a cigarette in the backyard would help?



Expressing our anger and frustration freely does help.



But we know that after that, a big laughter will calm us down. At least partially.



Because well, we told you, we are a family. And families have problems all the time. And families fight as well. But since we care for each other, after all this tension, we’ll just go back to work, forget about what happened, and look for solutions instead of just whining like spoiled kids.




Author’s post data: This project is about the workers at this restaurant rather than clients and consumers. Worker’s individualities, their work environment, their interactions. But when three bikers looking like the Hell’s Angels are nice enough to pose for a photo, how can you exclude them from this post?



One of the the photographers who has had an enormous influence in my own work is Paul Strand: the level of abstraction of some of his photos, his astuteness when highlighting strong lines in his compositions, his unique way to see reality… all of these characteristics have in some way influenced what I photograph.


(Williamsburg Bridge, NYC. 3/29/14…)

However, if I had to come up with the name of the photographer I admire the most, it would definitely be Alfred Stieglitz (to whom I have already dedicated some homages on this blog.) Not only because I felt a special connection when I discovered his series of Equivalents or because I have no words to describe the beauty of his Reflections. The fact that he tried to capture the essence of the people he cared and loved (Konrad Cramer, Paul Strand himself, and, of course, Georgia O’Keefe) by means of his photographs makes me feel that I am in front of both a master and a spiritual guide.

Between 1918 and 1919, Stieglitz took a series of portraits of Georgia O’Keefe, the American artist who would become a significant part of his life. By posting this portrait of Anna tonight, I pay yet another homage to Stieglitz, “my likeness, my brother!”


Sports Section…

Today I updated part of my Portfolio, specifically the Sports section.

I have a very personal bond with sports. As some of you may already know, I am from Lima, Peru. When I was a little child, I accompanied my father to the stadium to support his favorite Peruvian soccer team, Sport Boys. It became a family tradition over the course of elementary and high school (in Peru there is no middle school) and even when I was in college in Lima I still accompanied my father to some games (he began watching them on TV at home.) Furthermore, besides the great academic tools Duke offers, I was really excited about starting my PhD here because of its amazing sports environment (men’s basketball team had just won the NCAA when I started my graduate studies in 2010.) It is not casual, then, that every time I have the opportunity to take sports photos (either basketball, or baseball, or lacrosse, or tennis…) for The Chronicle, I happily volunteer!


I hope you enjoy the photos, friends! Hopefully this will be the cornerstone to become a sports photographer in the future, one of my dream jobs!…