Mariana Rodea Rangel Pasante - Photographer

The Art of the EscaramuzaMariana Rodea Rangel Pasante is a budding photographer based in Toluca, Mexico. At the ripe age of four her grandparents introduced her to riding horses, and she went on to join her first escaramuza team as a teen. 

Rodea aspires for a career in documentary photography, starting with the subject of charreria. Her first pictures were of landscapes and product shots for advertising.

Rodea is finishing up her graphic design degree in 2013 at the Mexico State Autonomous University (Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico) at the school's architecture college. 

Her thesis? Naturally, related to charreria and photography, titled : "Photographic abstract, cross country, the old fashion way at Buenavista Ranch, Villa Victoria."  

Rodea says her thesis takes an anthropological approach to the national sport, and concentrates on the sport outside the charro arena, which she got a close look at while living in the town of Villa Victoria near Toluca for 13 years.

"I'm an escaramuza rider because Mexico needs to bolster the female side of its traditions, of sacrifice, faith and courage, and fills us with pride."
Photograph by Mariana Rodea Rangel Pasante Above: The escaramuza team Las Peñitas de Villa del Carbón performs a second time during the Escaramuza Fair of Temoaya, in the state of Mexico, on Sept. 15, 2012. Instead of wearing their team's escaramuza uniform, they are wearin Apache Indian costumes, and mounted bareback. This style is not considered part of the escaramuza sport, but requires horse true horse riding skill and is usually a hit with the public.