In “Born to Believe,” I reflect on the beliefs and rituals children inherit from previous generations as they attempt to express life’s importance as it occurs, and often when it is most out of control. At birth our religious choices are determined by our parents. For children in Mexico, where over 80% of the country is Catholic, this means that they will most likely become Catholics. In combining images from various social classes and settings, I aim to depict intimate worlds that viewers can traverse, drawing parallels to other social realities such as community life, commercial experience, and gender relationships. The images reveal the complexity of ritual practice as it shapes life experience within and well beyond religious contexts.
Cathedral Baptism —Baptism ceremony welcomes the child to Catholicism in St. James Cathedral.
Angels—Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Market Jesus—Portraits of Jesus Christ sold in a Mexican market alongside nail polish, make up and toys.
Emilio Bañuelos is a photographer and Arts Educator in the San Francisco Bay Area, and has conducted classes and workshops for the Academy of Art University, San Jose Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Contemporary Jewish Museum, University of California Santa Cruz-Extension, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Santa Clara University, and through Rayko Photo Center. Learn more at www.embaphoto.com.