Photography can tell stories in abstract ways as much as it can be an objective representation of reality. Mariceu Erthal’s photography is very much both. People are the center of her pictures, even when they are absent from them. It’s their stories that Erthal tries to tell in strong contrasts of colors and shadows. As a Mexican, she points her lens at the issues people experience in her native Mexico every day. Her works speak of rurality, longing, and most poignantly of the widespread violence against women that is a sad stamp of life in her country as well as the rest of Latin America. She has been a part of World Press Photo and Women Photograph, and has been published by The Guardian, The Marshall Project, among others.