I hadn’t run into anyone else walking the trail to the top of the canyon, so this young woman and I both gasped when we saw each other. She was sitting on the very edge, overlooking a part of Mexico’s immense Copper Canyon, even larger than the Grand Canyon. My camera was already raised to capture the vista when I saw her through the lens. We each momentarily froze, and then I walked on.
It was only later that I realized there had been a baby napping on the rocks next to her, and the power of the timeless image struck me: an intimate glimpse of mother and child alone in this isolated, rugged country.