A Divided Friendship:
Stills From a Documentary Short
The international border between the United States and Mexico extends nearly 2,000 miles through Texas, New Mexico, and California. Across this vast geographical expanse, the protective barriers separating the two countries vary greatly.
Located at the southwestern most corner of the United States, Border Field State Park is a visually stunning coastal area located within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve. Long known by local residents as Friendship Park, Border Field State Park was originally dedicated as a representation of the international friendship between the U.S. and Mexico.
At the southernmost edge of Border Field State Park, a fence constructed of steel marks the separation of the United States from Mexico. As it existed in the early 2000s, however, a short stretch of the border was separated only by a 20-foot tall chain-link fence, allowing people to communicate face-to-face across the border. Thick, evenly paced wooden pillars replaced the chain link fence as the barrier descended from the hillside nearly 100 feet into the Pacific Ocean.
The collaborative documentary short, and the images shared here, begin to explore the physical and cultural changes stemming from transformations to this part of the border in the early 2000s.