The first 24 to 72 hours are the most crucial when it comes to recovery in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake like the one we had in Mexico City just a few days ago. As a human being, my first reaction was to help.
I helped build a shelter near Mexico City’s main square. We already had 12 people sleeping there the first night, but as a photographer, I knew that something big was happening in my hometown and it had to be documented.
I arrived at one of the most damaged areas and decided to put on a “no-sadness” filter. I didn’t want to photograph tragedy, but heroism instead; people were putting their lives aside and putting themselves at risk to save others, and that’s what I wanted to capture.
The mix of feelings I perceived was incredible in that area. On the one hand, we were in a situation in which people were dying, but on the other, there were people waiting to get rescued and that led ordinary people to become volunteers to help. It is a feeling that I will never forget, and I want this feeling to transcend and that is why I made the series.