The other side of the coin

My audio-slide show The Sight Within was presented as part of a TED x talk at the University of Surrey in England by Gina Badenoch, founder of Ojos que Sienten, an association that works with blind and visually impaired photographers with which I've been collaborating the past four years in Mexico City. Badenoch explains why and how she decided to start teaching photography to blind and visually impaired people.
To see this talk by Gina Badenoch click here
To see the audio-slide show enter this link: www.chicosanchez.com/thesightwithin
http://www.chicosanchez.com/thesightwithin/
 (Photo ©Chico Sanchez-All Rights Reserved)


To see my work related with Ojos que Sienten click here
For more of my photography projects enter my website: www.chicosanchez.com
To know more about Ojos que Sienten please enter their website: www.ojosquesienten.com

Blind soccer

Blind soccer is my latest team production. Photographers who are blind and visually impaired from the Ojos que Sienten organization took pictures and interviewed soccer players who like them, cannot see. These photographers and soccer players show us all there´s more than one way to see and live. Their heightened senses of touch, sound and smell to situate them and they are not concerned with winning or loosing.

To see this audio-slide show click in this link: www.chicosanchez.com/blindsoccer
www.chicosanchez.com/blindsoccer
 (Photo ©Gerardo Ramirez/OQS-All Rights Reserved)
To see my work related with Ojos que Sienten click here
For more of my photography projects enter my website: www.chicosanchez.com
To know more about Ojos que Sienten please enter their website: www.ojosquesienten.com

The Monarch Butterfly

Sharing a short audio-slide show about the monarch butterfly, whose ability to migrate every year from Canada to México is at serious risk. Experts say the corridor they use to fly north and south is becoming obsolete, for several reason, and could put an end to the monarch migration sooner than we think :
  • Genetically modified crops and agro-chemicals in the US are killing the milkweed they eat
  • Deforestation in the US
  • Urban sprawl  in the US
  • Climate change
  • Mexico´s illegal logging in the forests where they hibernate during winter months.
It´s uncertain what will happen in the coming years when the monarch butterflies try to return via the US to Canada, where extremely cold temperatures are caused mainly by deforestation.

http://www.chicosanchez.com/monarch
www.chicosanchez.com/monarch
(Photo © Chico Sanchez-All Rights Reserved)
Twenty years ago this beautiful insect was the symbol adopted by the North American Free Trade 
Agreement (NAFTA), a commercial agreement between Canada, Mexico and United States. These three countries signed environmental accords to protect migratory animals like the monarch butterfly, but today two decades later, the monarch butterfly is on the brink of disappearing.

This audio-slide show contains pictures taken at two Monarch butterflies sanctuaries: El Rosario in Angangueo, Michoacán in 2007, and Cerro Pelón sanctuary in Capulín, Mexico state in 2010-12 and 2014. Every time I go to a sancturary, there are noticeably fewer monarchs to photograph. 

The accompanying audio is the amplified sound made by the monarchs as they fly, a kind of buzzing sound,  without effects or distortion. This is how it sounds.

Bees and bats are suffering a huge decline as well. Nobody seams to react, and our society keeps using the same agriculture and industrial procedures that are destroying life on our earth. I hope this audio-slide show encourages people to look for information on how some big agro-chemical companies are causing severe damage to our planet earth, in the name of profit.

To see the audio-slide show click here: www.chicosanchez.com/monarch

Information consulted for this audio-slide show:
worldwildlife.org/species/monarch-butterfly
www.jornada.unam.mx/2014/01/30/ciencias/a02n1cie
www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2013/11/30/se-reduce-la-poblacion-de-mariposas-monarcas-que-llega-a-michoacan-7375.html
www.jornada.unam.mx/ultimas/2014/01/29/numero-de-mariposas-monarca-que-hibernan-en-mexico-cayo-43-7-este-ano-wwf-5020.html
bigstory.ap.org/article/monarch-butterflies-drop-migration-may-disappear-0
www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/29/monarch-butterfly-decline-mexico
news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/01/140129-monarch-butterflies-mexico-animals-science-environment-migration-nation/
www.naftanow.org

Christmas Piggies by Ivan Gonzalez

Check out this colorful gallery of Christmas Piggies by Venezuelan photographer Ivan Gonzalez. During Christmas in Venezuela, businesses place plastic piggy banks, each decorated in a unique style, on their front counters where customers can drop coins in for a Christmas donation. To visit the piggy gallery click here.
Chico Sanchez Photography
(Photo ©Ivan Gonzalez-All Rights Reserved)
Gonzalez, based in Caracas, Venezuela, is also a videographer. 
You can find all his stories in his site: ivangonzalez.photoshelter.com

Mexico Alma Natural. List of bookstores. Photography book. Chico Sánchez


Mexico Alma Natural. Chico Sánchez/AM Editores

List of bookstores in Mexico where you can find my new book Mexico, Natural Soul. 
  
Fondo de Cultura
El Sótano
Gandhi
Educal
Pendulo
Porrúa
Lugar de la Mancha
Sanborn´s
Liverpool
Costco

  Sams

The book is both in English and Spanish.

 Fore more information click here. 

For more books of AM Editores click here.





Coming back home. Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, México

I´m sharing my most recent audio-slide show about The Day of the Dead tradition en Oaxaca, Mexico. This celebration mixes ancient Pre-Hispanic traditions with the European tradition of the Catholic All Souls Day.

Every year Oaxacans decorate their cemeteries with flowers and candles. They create bountiful altars filled with food and drink, for their loved ones who have passed who return home on this special day for a visit.
To see the audio-slide show visit this link: www.chicosanchez.com/comingbackhome
http://www.chicosanchez.com/comingbackhome
(Photo ©Chico Sanchez-All Rights Reserved)
I interviewed Jose Hernandez Alaves, a candle maker in the town of Teotitlan del Valle. The music bands are ¨Los Reformistas¨ from Teotitlan del Valle and ¨Oro de Oaxaca¨ from
San Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya. The last song was recorded from a band playing a funeral song during an actual funeral process that I witnessed at the cemetery in Santa Ana Zegache.

This audiovisual also includes the following places:  Mitla, San Martin Tilcajete, San Sebastian Abasolo, Santa Maria del Tule and Oaxaca de Juarez.

Surrealistic images by Sarolta Ban

(Photo ©Sarolta Ban-All Rights Reserved)

Sarolta Ban is a visual artist from in Budapest, Hungary.

Originally jewelry designer, she says she “discovered digital photo manipulation and it became my passion and main activity.”

Images are better than words to explain her work. See my favorite gallery with her beautiful surrealistic images at this link: http://www.saroltaban.com/gallery


For more information about the artist please visit her website: www.saroltaban.com