Ever since we first visited Southern California in 2014, Kurt has had in mind to photograph miniature border agents patrolling the wall built between the U.S and Mexico. Back then he created a set of border patrol agents and purchased a couple HO scale border patrol vehicles. We have been traveling with the figures ever since.
Finally, our opportunity came a few days ago while camping at Pancho Villa State Park in Columbus, three miles from the Mexican border. On our first visit to the border, we walked over to the wall and set up our scene on the dirt road along the wall. There, we came across a border patrol agent who was patrolling the road. We had a great, long conversation with him and heard safety tips and stories about his career as an officer. In regards to our photo project, he told us where it was OK for us to be and where we shouldn't go.
One night from our campsite, Kurt and I noticed a row of bright lights outlining the border. That's when Kurt decided to add a night scene to his border patrol Series.
In Columbus, it is very common to see border patrol vehicles driving through daily, they patrol for drug smuggling and illegal immigrants.