Miguel Gutierrez Jr. Interview: 6000 Miles on Motorcycle to Capture the Beauty of Latin AmericaWritten by Freddy Martinez
On June 14th, Austin photojournalist Miguel Gutierrez Jr. and four friends began a six thousand mile journey from the United States to Mendoza, Argentina. Travelling up to 250 miles a day, they’ve been riding on motorcycle, stopping only to shower, drink, then photograph. Gutierrez says that he started this journey hoping to capture the diversity and the beauty of Latin America. He wants to dispel notions that this vast region, home to as many rich cultures as the writers it’s famous for, could be written off as violent and chaotic.
Nearly halfway to his destination, Gutierrez responds to our questions from a tiny hotel in Pisté, Yucatan. He writes that this small town is peaceful, the sun already set and the warm weather cooling. Gutierrez also notes that, aside from the seldom heard car, the only real sound is that of cicadas and crickets. And I imagine that, for a photographer, there could be no greater feeling in the world than travelling day after day to complete a sketch of a land you know has yet been fulfilled. To show, through your own lens, the wonder that might have never been seen without you.
In this interview, Gutierrez takes time from his journey to talk about how he started shooting, explain the risks involved with the trip, and reveal what he wants to accomplish in Latin America.