The Quiet Places

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An extravagantly decorated grave inside the Doña Ana Cemetery, Doña Ana, New Mexico, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Photo By: Jared Bjarnason)

The world around us is busy. We all know and understand stress. We are surrounded by the constant bombardment of media – whether it be the TV, internet, or our phones. However, we should always try to visit the quiet places. Places we drive by daily, but never seem to have to time to truly explore. Sometimes, as photographers, we need to visit these places to capture their silence and document them for prosperity. Don’t be afraid of cemeteries or an old church.

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Behind the pulpit inside the Basilica of San Albino Catholic Church, Mesilla, New Mexico, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. (Photo by: Jared Bjarnason)

Safety In Numbers

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Students from NMSU Documentary Photojournalism class gather in the shade before shooting in Doña Ana, New Mexico, Thursday, April, 13,2017. (Photo by: Jared Bjarnason)

After the class met up in Doña Ana we set out to shoot. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Some us disappeared into the village to find the right images. Some of us congregated in the shade of a honey mesquite tree as we got our bearings. Wandering around alone can be a bit rough. We eventually found the courage to talk to strangers or attempt a shot outside of our comfort zones. When we first set out we found safety in numbers.

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Students from NMSU Documentary Photojournalism photograph the city of Doña Ana, New Mexico, Thursday, April 13, 2017. (Photo By: Jared Bjarnason)