Visual Storytellers Discover Doña Ana

Photojournalists of the Journalism 412 class concluded its Small Village New Mexico Project, Spring 2017, with a visit to the community of Doña Ana, the oldest in southern New Mexico that was established along El Camino Real. Former state Sen. Mary Jane Garcia caught up with some students touring her village and told them about her village history and also her ancestors, the De La O family.

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What’s on your keys?

By Patrick Medina

A person never realizes or even pays any attention to another person’s keys. You would be surprised to find out that sometimes a simple keychain can mean a lot to someone. There are also others who just have something on their keys just to have it.

Cassandra Trejo believes that peace is an essential part of life and shows it by throwing up the peace sign with her hand, has it tattooed on her wrist and has the symbol on her keys. (Photo by Patrick Medina)

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Grateful for grads

This time of year always gets really busy, not just jam packed with schoolwork, but a bunch of photography requests, including graduation shoots. Being from  Las Cruces, it is really easy to be accustomed to “knowing” everyone, but not actually know them.IMG_6711I met Gina in middle school, she is  year older and I’d always see her around, but never talked to her. Because of social media, she followed me through Instagram and actively watches my adventure in photography.

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Pathological Technological World

Have you ever been out in public and you look around only to see people on their phones? It’s a sad scene when you really think about it, if you’re out at a restaurant and you see a family having dinner but all of them on their phones, or maybe a child watching their favorite show while the adults converse. Truth is we’ve become a society dependent on technology.

The hopes of this project is to show just how technology causes a division between people, relationships, and real life moments.

Waiting For Class
Samuel Palm sits in the Milton lobby as he waits for class to start, distracted and unaware he was being watched. (Photo By: Cassandra Trejo)

It’s easy to fall into the rabbit hole of social media and get caught up in what everyone else is doing, but I believe we often miss out on things happening around us that are equally as interesting if not more interesting and spontaneous. It’s a distraction to the things going on around you, the conversations you might miss because you have your headphones on or you were glued to the phone.

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Easter Sunday: Where the Bunny Comes From

Every year we know spring has arrived not only by the warmer temperatures and windy days, but also the Easter decorations.  Something I came to wonder this year was why do we use a bunny? What’s the reason for the eggs? and how does that relate to church?

I hold an egg in hand, after my research, I place the cross as tribute, two days before the resurrection. (Photo By Cassandra Trejo)

I took some time, I did some research, and I found answers. German mythology Goddess of Spring, Eostre, had a hare as her companion. She was known as Eastre or in Germany, Oestre.  The hare was a symbol of fertility and rebirth, later Christians changed the hare to the Easter bunny.

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Interwoven Lives

By: Kelsey Gentile

People are an important component to our lives. I know for my I probably would not have done as well in college without family and awesome friends and acquaintances. My book for this class is about my life, but rather focus on me it focuses on people in my life and what I learned from them or shared experiences with that were special.

Sunset Gazer
Sarah Pitassi watches the sun slowly set at White Sands on March 12, 2017.(Photo by Kelsey Gentile)

My friend Sarah Pitassi was one of the first people I met at RUF (Reformed University Fellowship). Sarah has been my faithful model for RUF trips as well as other spur the moment photo shoots. I’ve learned a lot and laughed a lot with this great friend, but mainly laughed. It’s actually interesting, we used to go to another organization together, but we never crossed paths there. I guess it’s kind of cool that if a person is meant to be in your life one way or another they will end up there.

Out in the Country
Carmen Sr., LaMoin Gentile and Cat #1 pose for a photo on the afternoon of March 20th, 2017 on a small farm near Belen, NM. (Photo by Kelsey Gentile)


My grandparents are two of the most hard working and caring people, I might be a little biased but it’s still true. Next year will be their 50th wedding anniversary. Some of my favorite memories are hearing their stories of living “back east” in Philadelphia. Granny would talk about going to the market to buy groceries and tell little stories of how my dad caused trouble or did something funny. My Papa would share stories of the best places to eat in town.  One of my favorite times was comparing photos of Paris. My Papa served in the Air Force and he was stationed in Paris for some time. It was fun to see photos he took of the same places I went and visited years later. Growing up my grandparents taught me several life skills to I am grateful to have today. Their support through life and especially college has meant so much to me.

An Adventure in the Desert
Carissa Trujillo smiles for the camera during a photo shoot one April afternoon at the end of Tellbrook Rd. (Photo by Kelsey Gentile)

Carissa was one of the first few people I met when I moved to Las Cruces as a freshmen. She was one of the first people to take me under their wing. Since I was meeting several people the first week I was in Las Cruces and was new to Christian Challenge it was difficult to recall everyone’s names. The second week I ran into Carissa and she asked me what her name was…I had no clue what it was. She said I could just call her “beautiful one,” which I remembered along with her actual name. Carissa has taught me a lot about life and also helped guide me spiritually. A characteristic I admire about Carissa is her commitment to people and making sure they have what they need. She was also there to help when I needed help or encouragement. She is one of the many blessings I came across in college.

Family, friends, and strangers are an important part of our lives. They always have stories to share, many of which are often very fascinating. I think getting to talk to people and hear their stories is my favorite part of photography.