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Redes Film Alvarado Religious Art

Among Ned Scott's 5 x 7 nitrate negatives saved from his photographic experience with the crew of REDES in 1934 are a number of images which depict the environs of the town Alvarado where the film production took place. These scenes which Ned Scott photographed during the summertime midday hours capture the many different flavors of the little fishing pueblo. That the citizens held close to a strong Catholic religious faith may be seen in staunchness of these figurines amid the romanesque arches and pediments of the local church. These figures are suffused with the suffering and pain of humanity, and they recall the influence of the hard-line Jesuit missionaries in Mexican culture post AD 1521. To be real and relevant, one has to suffer, just like Christ and Mary. Ned Scott was drawn to these no doubt because few items of like kind existed in churches in the United States, and certainly this was true of New York City where Ned had just spent the last four years of his life prior to the REDES film expedition. It was no mistake that Paul Strand, producer of the film, had spent the prior year within Mexico itself traveling and photographing as opportunities were presented, and he had grabbed similar images in other churches in his wanderings. Whether Ned Scott was influenced by Strand's experience or not makes no difference. These images are Ned Scott's statement of the religious life and deeply set tradition of the fishermen in Alvarado.