Chicano Park Barrio Logan skate crew
San Diego, CA © Jud Burgess 2016
6 months later Laurie and I are on the other side of the country in San Diego and I convince this young group of Chicano skaters to sit for a portrait. Surfing concrete under concrete.
SAL AND CARA VIDA
Have you ever met somebody and within the hour you feel like you've known them for years?
That was the case when I was exploring solo and came upon a very interesting building and it's occupants.
Meet Sal and Cara Vida. I was invited into their lives and home.
Both in their 70s. Together for 45 years. Not married. They love New Orleans the way I love San Francisco. Sal is half Filipino and half Mexican. Sal has crazy dreads and speaks with a very mellow voice. He brags on Cara Vida and her art. He talks about the garage they bought decades ago and converted to a home.
Cara Vida is an artist. She is a stand-up comedian. A spoken voice poet. She calls me by my first name almost immediately. She is a Buddhist with a wonderfully filthy mouth. Has a puff of shocking pink hair just to the right of her head. She is a fortune-teller.
They made me feel right at home.
Alamogordo, NM © Jud Burgess, August, 2016
Times Square, New York City, NY © Jud Burgess, August 21, 2016
Map of the World
New York City, NY © Jud Burgess, August 20, 2016
From my photo series of people I met during my run for City Council District 2
Salvador and his 1957 Chevy. Salvador, 82 years old and living at his home in District 2 for over 50 years. He was out in his front yard making tea from some leaves of his thriving orange tree. Salvador is a lifelong voter. He gets a couple of offers for his classic every month, but he’s not ready to sell.
© Jud Burgess, March 2017
Dad with his tricked-out, chromed $2,000 lowrider bike and daughter with her $39.99 Walmart special enjoying a ride around the park.
Cesar Chavez Day at Lincoln Park
© Jud Burgess, Sunday, March 26, 2017
My name is James. I’m a homeless man.
El Paso, Texas © Jud Burgess, March 30, 2017
Lilia looking down.
Headstand, El Paso, Texas © Jud Burgess, April 13, 2017
Climbing inflatable mountains
Grandview Park, El Paso, Texas © Jud Burgess, April 23, 2017
Grandview Park, El Paso, Texas © Jud Burgess, April 22, 2017
She knows how to wear that dress
St. Anthony’s Labor Day Weekend Bazaar, El Paso, Texas © Jud Burgess, September 2, 2017
Barrio Duranguito vs. sports arena SERIES
One week in the life and death and life of El Paso’s First Ward. September 11 - 16, 2017
I’ve been personally involved in this cause since the City first declared that a gargantuan “sports arena” illegally voted on during the 2012 Quality Of Life bond issue would be displacing resident and paving over El Paso’s oldest history, heritage, culture and legacy.
It is a battle between weak politicians and the wealthy downtown property owners and special interests who fund their campaigns against enlightened El Pasoans who understand the value of preserving our history and culture represented within this unique and singular neighborhood.
I’ve documented a dramatic week in the battle through my photography and a 14-minute mini-documentary that I produced including film, photographic images and interviews I conducted with well known activists Hector González of Lincoln Park Community Center and Dr. Self A. Chew, PhD.
September 11, 2017 – Resistance by the people
The City of El Paso is attempting to begin the demolition process of various historic buildings within Barrio Duranguito. A legal battle waged between city leaders and historic preservationists and social activists protecting the neighborhood has been waged for several weeks. After a day of legal trickery, the historic preservationists win an injunction that prohibits the City from proceeding with demolition.
Dozens of Barrio Duranguito supporters, advocates and activists spend hours rallying on site where the City has placed chainlink and tractors at the ready for destruction as a psychological tactic to intimidate us.
The attempt falls short as people young and old banded to remove all the chainlink and call for removal of the tractors and 18-wheelers.
September 12, 2017 – Barrio Duranguito under assault
After the City issued a court order to stop demolition amid shouts of victory by the people, the slumlord owners of the building had a wrecking crew surreptitiously show up in the morning hours of Tuesday, September 12 and commence to violate the court order. More than likely city leaders expected this would happen because of the pressure they put on the property owners to demolish their structures prior to closing the sale which would enrich them, much more than the fine levied for demolishing against court order.
The Bobcats punched major structural damage to supporting walls of each property in the effort to render them useless and effectively end the standoff between Barrio Duranguito and the City.
This day brought several dozen armed policemen, many in full riot gear to again intimidate neighborhood supporters and protectors. While the city claimed they were there to protect the citizens, many of the officers threatened mass arrest. Chainlink was once again setup around the perimeter to enclose all citizens there on behalf of the neighborhood. People were allowed out but not in. They would not even allow food to be brought to those who stayed.
September 13 - ?
Directly following the demolition assault, supporters and activists coordinated to take round the clock shifts on site to assure that wrecking crews didn’t show up again to assault the embattled historic buildings. People have been supporting them by joining and bringing much needed supplies and sustenance. There is a festive and brotherly atmosphere here at any time of the day or night, with people playing music, singing, dancing, Lotería, and building relationships under a common cause.