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Pomp and Circumstance, Is a reflection on the rituals that we perform as we attempt to express life’s importance to us as it occurs, often when it is most out of our control. In this series, I depict the inhabitants of Mexico where I lived from 2009 to 2012, and where, in spite of the ongoing violence of Mexico’s drug war, people continue to live, work, and find ways to laugh through ritual reenactments of mythic battles between good and evil.
I juxtapose these images with other forms of ritualized performance in photographs in which porn stars saunter down runways, flashing flesh to crowded masses of men who holler catcalls and primal howls of anger and frustration reminiscent of those heard at the macho theaters of wrestling’s choreographed violence.In combining images from various social classes and settings, I aim to depict intimate worlds that viewers can traverse so as to draw parallels to other social realities.
Emilio Bañuelos has worked as an editorial photographer and consultant for newspapers in Mexico, Panama and the US. His documentary work earned him fellowships from the Poynter Institute, the Marty Forscher Fellowship for Humanistic Photography and an award from EnFoco Inc. In the San Francisco bay area, Emilio teaches documentary photography for the Academy of Art University, and has conducted workshops for the University of California Santa Cruz-Extension, the University of Coahuila and Black Boots Ink. firstname.lastname@example.org