I grew up in San Elizario, a few miles outside of El Paso, Texas. My affair with photography started with the disposable cameras I'd carry everywhere. As the years went by and the cameras got bigger, I became known as the guy with the lens in people's faces. Photography is known to be the art of capturing the moment. I love to be the one who seeks that moment out. Much like life and love, photography is based on perspective. My aim is to provide a new one.
rayaguirre3 has written 24 posts for The Bean Juice Dispatches

La Rive Gauche: The Border That Remains

-From the Desk of Cheryl Howard- This is an interview I conducted via the internet with a former student, Veronica Ramos, who now lives in France.  It is meant to accompany the two interviews I did earlier with students from other countries who came to El Paso as students and stayed, at least for the … Continue reading

The Fifty Cent Guy

50¢ guy We now know his name is Johnny, occasionally Juan. He has come to my door for several years, and aside from the noise he makes jingling the Christmas bells that substitute for a doorbell to my house, he asks for fifty cents in a quiet voice.  Not every day or even every week, … Continue reading

Choosing El Chuco

-From the desk of Cheryl Howard-           When most people think of El Paso, they think of people who have lived here all their lives or people who “had” to come here for work, most visibly military folks.  It is almost inconceivable that people would come here from other countries, by choice, … Continue reading

Waiting for the Trolley

“If you can’t imagine a better future, you can’t have one,” said Peter Svarzbein, mastermind behind the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project. The project started out as his college thesis envisioning a transnational trolley between the sister cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez; a symbol of commerce, cultural exchange and most of all, peace. … Continue reading

La Reyna

La Reyna By Aurelio Saldaña Jr. There she is, looking right at us from the stool at the middle of the bar.  She shows a smile and a slight nod of her chin.  This seemingly insignificant gesture is a “Quiubole” or “Hi, how are you?” here on the borderland. Spanish music and the faint smell … Continue reading

El Vaquero Rides Into the Sunset

El Vaquero With a jingle of his fiberglass spurs and a devilish snort out his red-eyed steed, El Vaquero rode out of the Sun City this afternoon.   The statue of this dark skinned, gun-wielding horseman clinging to the back of a wild-eyed horse, was created by the hands of Luis Jimenez. A second Vaquero … Continue reading

Marginal NOTES

– From the desk of Dr. Cheryl Howard – MARGINAL NOTES When I came to El Paso to live, I interviewed for a job at UTEP and bought a house in Sunset Heights.  From both my office and my house I could see two countries; I felt like I had moved to a very special … Continue reading

New Soles for Old Hallways

Giggling kids unzipped backpacks filled with new shoes and school supplies on Operation HOPE’s back-to-school event held at Destiny Christian Family Center. Those of you who remember Operation HOPE’s super-powered fundraiser have probably been waiting to hear about the backpack and shoe extravaganza it was meant to fuel. HOPE (helping other people endure) is a … Continue reading

Las Fiestas: A Twinkle and a Flash

. . . And the Fiestas continue! As promised, this is part two of our Kermés series. Make sure to click back to our last entry to check out the daytime look at these community church parties. As nighttime covers the land and the church bells call out to the moon, visitors trickle in one … Continue reading

Las Fiestas!

It’s that time of year again! Once a year, many of the churches of our community hold huge parties meant to draw visitors and raise funds for the church. The holy houses fill the air with flashing lights, festive music and dust picked up by the feet of the hundreds that attend. The Kermés, as it’s … Continue reading


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