Rest in Peace, Jose


Jose Ortiz, Cuzco, Peru, 2014.

This is Jose. I met him while working on a project with Photographers Without Borders on behalf of Peruvian Hearts. I was photographing students in a program for girls who wanted to continue their studies in post-secondary education. I took photographs of them at their schools and at their homes. Jose was the grandfather of one of the students I photographed. He was such a character and I was immediately drawn to him. There are stories in his eyes along with a hint of mischievousness.

That was exactly what I wanted to capture when I took this portrait.