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Out & About—The bad guys don’t drive bright red cars

Out & About

Some readers might have seen the news over the past couple of weeks about a giant baby in Mexico peering over the border wall into the United States. It’s over in Tecate at coordinates 32°34’46.8″N 116°35’20.6″W or 32.579667, -116.589056

Location of the giant baby at the border wall in Tecate

Border Wall baby

Yes, we already have a border wall here in San Diego County.

Border wall

Border wall

Border wall

Border wall

Some of it, like in the pictures above, is about ten years old. Other sections, like the numbered panels in the picture below, are even older.

Border wall in San Diego County

Border Patrol agents like to park their vehicles in hidden locations on the top of mountain peaks, which, I’m sure, often results in the following conversation:

BP Agent 1: I see movement. 773.
Agent 2: I see it, too.
Agent 3: Copy.
Agent 2: Oh my God.
Agent 1: What is that?
Agent 3: It’s a little baby!
Agent 1: But it’s got YUGE hands!

Border Wall baby

I call it the “Border Wall Baby.” It was created by an anonymous French street artist who goes by JR. It is seventy feet tall and is basically a billboard support by scaffolding on the Mexico side.

Border wall baby

Border Wall baby

Border Wall baby

It will remain until early October, so if you want to see it, you don’t have much time.

JR says that he did not plan the art to coincide with Twitler’s announcement to repeal DACA, a program to protect undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. We have to believe him since Twitler is unpredictable and the scaffolding took six weeks to build.

Border Wall baby

Border Wall baby

The concept came to JR in a dream and is based on an actual baby named Kikito who lives in one of the houses nearby. JR told news reporters, “I wonder, is this kid worrying about what will happen? What does he think? At 1 year old, you don’t see the frontier or which side is better.”

Kikito’s mom weighed in, as well. As JR tells it, “She was so happy, and she told me she hoped the image travels around the world. In her own words, she said it should help people think that they are not criminals; they are not rapists, which is how she feels Mexicans are often being portrayed. He’s just a little kid; he’s 1 year old, that’s why he has no political vision about the wall yet. He’s just looking at anything around him with curiosity.”

I got stopped three times by Border Patrol agents. The first asked me what I was doing. When I told him I was looking for the Border Wall Baby, he gave me explicit directions of how to get there and once I finished, to turn around and come back. To go any father would require a 4-wheel drive vehicle. The second agent asked me what I was doing, and I told him I had just been to take pictures of the Border Wall Baby. He said, “I thought it was something like that because the bad guys don’t drive bright red cars. They try to blend in.” The third one just waved me on by.

My bright red vehicle

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Did you know?

Do you know your rights as a photographer?

Did you know?


Taking pictures out in public can sometimes become a legal or ethical issue.

For example, a few years ago I was down near the border where the United States was building a huge fence to keep out the Mexicans. I found the fence interesting and was taking pictures. The Border Patrol stopped me and made me erase all the pictures on my camera. For all he knew, though, I could have had some other memory cards with additional pictures on them.

As far as I know, taking pictures of goverment buildings and such while on public property is not a crime. However, you have to make a decision at the time whether or not you want to argue with an officer. I chose not to.

While standing on public property in the United States a couple of weeks ago, I took this picture of Mexico with the new border fence in the foreground:

Mexico from the United States


My purpose in taking that picture was not to get a picture of the fence but to get a picture of the buildings in Mexico with that beautiful church being the focus.

Mr. Border Patrol Office probably would have made me delete that picture.

For an interesting quiz about photography law, try this link: U.S. Photography Law. There are way too many typos in the quiz questions and choices. With today’s spell checkers and grammar checkers, I always think that if someone misses typos like those, what else did they miss? For the record, I scored 80%, but it’s obvious that one question (the one about basically interfering with police while taking pictures) is broken because it doesn’t matter which answer you choose, it marks both as wrong. Makes a good case that if you’re going to post tests, quizzes, and links for the public, you ought to test them to make sure they are correct and working.

Have fun taking the quiz but brush up on your rights as a photographer. Here are two good resources:

Happy photographing!


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