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In Chase of the American Adventure
The 56th Missouri Photo Workshop (MPW)

Photo by Betty Bastidas

Abdias Omar Banda Torres, an 18-year-old Mexican immigrant, came to the U.S. in search of an adventure. Nearly two years later, his adventure left him as a full-time harvester for Stone Hill Winery, living in a trailer with four other Mexican workers: all twice his age. Omar finds himself isolated from society. Away from his family in Mexico and removed from interaction with others his age, he yearns to find the companionship he envisioned home in Mexico.

Caught between two worlds, Omar struggles to live out his youth. He will return home to Mexico at the end of October, ready, to chase another dream, but in a place that he can call "home" in the presence of family, friends, and girls.

Betty A. Bastidas
Team D
MaryAnne Golon
Randy Olson
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Team A
Alfredo Cardenas
Leah Nash
Annie Tritt
Melody Ko
Charles W. Harr
Ruth Anne Kocour
Deborah Silver
Jennifer Coombes

Team B
Tim Gruber
Jonathan Miano
Sally Ryan
Michael Karas
Sarah Beth Barnett
Jennifer Sauer
Megan Morr
Naomi Brookner

Team C
Gabriela Hasbun
Gang Wu
Uwe Martin
Aaron Suozzi
Eric Kayne
Kevin Wellenius
Ann Hermes
Christina Ducklow

Team D
Betty Bastidas
Jodi Hilton
Velina Nurse
Kim Walker
Valentina Petrova
Paul Rutherford
Beatrice de Gea
Chris Kaufman

Team E
Ted Howell
Kevin Van Paassen
Jennifer Page
Monique Ganucheau
Autumn Pinette
Spencer Leonard
Paul Morigi
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Hermann, Mo 2004

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