Basílica de Guadalupe – Giving Thanks to God

Last weekend I went to shoot near the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City, people come here asking for forgiveness, giving thanks, or just to pray. Jose Luis walked through the main road to the church using his hands and knees to give thanks to God for the outcome of his surgery. He had done multiple surgeries on his stomach for a condition he was not able to explain to me,  but he was more then certain he owed God the outcomes of his operation.

Mr. Antonio Hernandez

Yesterday wandering through the city I bumped into this very particular workshop, full of old pieces of sculptures and paints… looked like a museum. I knocked the glass door in the entrance, and was greeted by a particular gentlemen, polite but of strong convictions. His name is Antonio, and has been doing art restorations through all his lifetime. Its a 200 year family tradition which he intends to maintain. I stayed on the store for at least an hour hearing him talk about art restoration.

He specialises in religious figures, but now a days, as he said ,churches are not sending much, so he has to expand his business into all different kind of items…

He seemed very old school and condemned todays training since it makes technical people but not artists, “If you want to restore a painting you need to be a painter, and if you want to restore a sculpture, you need to be a sculptor first”.

Pictures shot with a Leica m240 plus 28mm 2.8 elmerit.

“El Arte Catolico”
Mario Antonio Hernandez Y Escamilla – Escultor
Av. Chapultepec y Napoles No. 86
Colonia Juarez

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Antonio through his glass window…

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