Photographer's Note

I shot this nearly seven years ago, at a graduation ceremony at a small public school in Troncones, a fishing (and surfing!) village outside of Zihuatanejo. I was taking pictures of the people -- the traditional "Ballet Folklórico" dancers and the schoolboys watching them (or not watching, as is the case with the boy on the right).

Recently, I learned the story of the phrase painted on the wall (it is the base of a flagpole). "Mi Patria es Primero" is the motto of the Mexican state of Guerrero. From Wikipedia...

The state [of Guerrero] was named after Vicente Guerrero, one of the most prominent leaders in the Mexican War of Independence and the second President of Mexico... [At the time of the 1810 revolution,] Vicente’s father supported Spanish rule; however, Vicente was opposed to the Spanish colonial government. When his father asked him for his sword in order to present it to the viceroy of New Spain as a sign of goodwill and surrender, Vicente refused, saying, "The will of my father is for me sacred, but my Motherland is first." The phrase is now the motto of the state of Guerrero!

Your thoughts are solicited on the framing. I think the boy on the right is a distraction, but I needed the full width of the motto.

And I admit -- I went way too far on the vignetting. Sorry!

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