Heavenly Buffaloes…

Unfortunately, I had to reschedule my meeting with Coach Church today. We’ll meet on Wednesday before practice, so I’ll be able to interview him for some minutes and then take pictures of his players training before Saturday’s game vs. Louisville.

Yesterday, I mentioned a second project I’m working on nowadays. It’s very similar to my documentary photoessay about Hillsborough BBQ Company. This second project for this semester is about Heavenly Buffaloes, a chicken wing shack that opened a few weeks ago in Durham.

IMG_7517This photoessay will be divided into three parts: the first one will both explain the origins of this new business and reconstruct the opening day; the second part will explain the process of making chicken wings (they also offer vegan wings;) and the third part will explore some of the current concerns of the owners.

Thankfully, I have access to lots of information about Heavenly Buffaloes because one of the owners and his wife are my friends: Mark and Iara. Before starting the project, I had eaten their boneless wings with Chipotle BBQ sauce and blue cheese plus a basket of sweet potato fries twice. I have to say that “heavenly” is not an overstatement! When I told them about the idea for this project, they both got quite excited and so far have been providing me with great pieces of information during my visits to the shack.

IMG_7527I’ll keep you posted about how both projects unfold in the next days, dear followers and readers! In the meantime, I should get ready to enjoy some hot spicy boneless wings! Nom nom nom!…

 

Projects, Projects, Projects…

Right now I’m working on two projects: one for two classes (“Magazine Journalism” and “Color Photography”) and one for The Chronicle.

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The first project is a profile article about Robbie Church, Duke’s head coach of Women’s Soccer team. More information about the second project, on a new chicken wing shack in Durham, will come up on the next posts!

For the article, I’m attending the practices and games to take pictures, interview some of the players, and talk with Robbie. He’s very friendly and welcoming, giving me all the freedom I wanted in the practices.

Today we’re meeting at his office to talk about his favorite soccer team, his memories of 2011 season (when they won the ACC and were close to win the NCAA, ) his expectations for this year, and many other topics that will probably pop up over the course of the conversation (for instance, Duke lost to Virginia on Saturday. We’ll see what he has to say about it!)…

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What’s the Deal with the National Anthem in College Sports?…

I had my first football assignment on Saturday for The Chronicle. On a sunny hot day (I got some sunburn on my face,) Duke beat Tulane 47-13.

I have watched some Super Bowl games; I have streamed some Giants games on my computer; I’ve even attended one or two football games at Duke in the past. However, it’s still difficult to grasp that one game that’s supposed to last one hour (plus fifteen minutes of half time) lasts between three and a half and four and a half hours frequently!

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Also, as a foreigner, I still don’t get what the deal with the American national anthem in college sports is. I mean, I’m nobody to judge: Peru has a military parade every July 28th to celebrate our Independence Day. I’m not saying that being proud of one’s country is bad; on the contrary, I think that one of Peru’s main problems is that we are only proud of random Peruvian goods related to capitalism: its drinks (especially pisco,) its food (ceviche,) and its touristic places (Machu Picchu.) In general, the idea of nation is problematic for me. Every time somebody asks me where I am from, I say “Peru” but I’d much rather say “Lima.” I feel more identification with my city than with my country. So for me seeing people singing the national anthem before every game in different sports (baseball, lacrosse, soccer, football…) is still both fascinating and shocking…

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