I have spent much of my life moving from one country to the next. India, England, France, Australia and the US. And now the sun-drenched Pacific coastline of Mexico. Moving around so much you become aware of, not just the differences in culture country on country, but how we seem to be moving towards a homogenous global culture of sorts. How ‘progress’ means the adoption of the Western way of life. I’ve always been fascinated by the cultures and sub-cultures of our society and how photography is a way to capture them both as they are but, more importantly, if that is no longer possible: as they once were.
Moving around so much you become aware, not just the differences in culture country on country, but how we seem to be moving towards a homogenous global culture of sorts.
It was this seed of an idea that grew into ‘JP Stones Photography Workshops’. An opportunity to photograph with locals who have retained their culture, customs, and heritage, despite being bombarded by global influences. To make this opportunity a reality I have spent years getting to know the various indigenous communities and build trusting relationships with them.
The workshops are based on Mexico’s Pacific Coast but run by a British (JP Stones) and Australian (Brei Barron) couple with over 25 years of Photography and Event Management Experience.
Deciding where to base a Photography Workshop company was no easy task. We considered Rajasthan, a culturally rich and visually arresting region of India that enthralled us on our most recent trip to India. We also spent some time in a Navaho Indian reserve in Arizona. The decision simplified itself as we arrived in Mexico, a country I’ve traveled to many times over the last decade. The heart of the former Aztec Empire.
But there is far more to Mexico that Aztec warriors (and Mayan warriors for that matter!). The country gave birth to the real cowboys: the Charros. The invasion by the conquistadors infused the country with an entirely new set of cultural markers from which came Hat Dancers. The list goes on. Mexico serves beautifully as a photographic canvas for these cultural figures. Jungle, beaches and a laissez-faire culture…