Danielle, from Marathon, Texas
(60/100 Straingers) Meet Danielle, from Marathon, Tx. I found her behind the counter of an upscale coffee shop on a warm afternoon. She found her way to West Texas via the National Park Service, where she was a part of the fire brigade.
After working for the Parks Service, she spent time teaching English in Boquillas, Mexico, just across the border from Rio Grand Village, Texas. She told me that when the border closed, Boquillas, beign 2 days travel from the next Mexican town, was devistated. "They went back to the stone age." Even with money, they'd have no where to spend it.
She says that some of the best firefighters in the country lived across the border. Even with the border closed, when there was a fire, they would be allowed entry, in order to help the Parks Service. In 2013, she told me, they reached an agreement for limited border openings, a few days a week. They depend upon tourists coming over from Big Bend, one of the least visited National Parks in the country.
Danielle lived in New Mexico before coming to Texas. The rest of her family lives in New York.
This picture is #60 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at the 100 Strangers Flickr Group page.