In this book, photographer David Alexander Bjorkman tells the story of a world traveler now limited in his mobility by Post Polio Syndrome, the weakening of muscles in an adult who suffered Polio as a child. Turning his camera on Don Legg, David portrays the joys and challenges of travel on crutches and in a wheelchair within the colonial city of Merida, in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Easily fatigued and needing a wheelchair to go any distance, Mr. Legg now spends the winter months of December and January in Merida, never going beyond a two-block radius of the hotel where he stays.
David and his writer wife Victoria Thomas encountered Mr. Legg when they were working on their book "Climbing the Pyramid, Rediscovering Maya Mysteries from Chichen Itza's Great Pyramid." He occupied a hotel room a few doors down from theirs, and finally asked them what they were doing in Merida since people rarely stay in the hotel more than two or three nights.
After two years of seeing Mr. Legg in the hotel each winter, David asked if he could photograph his daily activities during one week. Mr. Legg readily agreed and allowed David into the small world reachable in a wheelchair, which includes the Sunday fair in the central park, the Cathedral, a favorite hot-dog parlor, and a university and theater that offers plays and concerts.
"Yucatan Traveler" is a photographic essay of one man's journey of traveling with a disability.