From the Archives - Father and Sons, The Springs, California
Inside The Springs (2007)
Several years ago, in an area called The Springs (adjacent to wine-rich Sonoma), I took this photograph of a father and his two adult sons—all migrant workers— sitting on a bed in a small, low-rent apartment they shared with a dozen other men who also worked in the wine fields. Each is holding a photo of loved ones still back in Mexico. Behind them on a wall is one lonely indulgence—a poster of Disneyland, in front of which a votive candle was carefully placed.
Through an interpreter I asked why, of all things, are Mickey and Minnie placed in such altar-like reverence? The answer, of course, was that when they were in Mexico their dream was one day to visit the home of the famous mouse. Only then would they know they had truly arrived. They were still waiting.