AP PHOTOS: In Tijuana, faces of the US-Mexico border

In this April 5, 2017 photo, Californian Yesenia Huerta, 23, poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. Huerta, who says she is citizen of the universe, lives in Tijuana because it's more affordable than San Diego. She crosses to San Diego almost daily to study journalism and work part time in a sporting goods store. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Sinaloans Juan Lopez and wife Luz Noris, pose for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. The couple, who now live in Tijuana, cross the bridge to the United States only to go shopping and to visit relatives. They say it is much more difficult to get across now than in the past. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, construction worker Paul Johnson, 31, from San Diego, poses for the portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. Johnson was returning to the U.S. after spending some time at the beach south of Tijuana. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Abigail Rodriguez and her 7-year-old daughter Valeria, pose for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. Rodriguez says that business in the shop where she works selling Tupperware near the bridge dropped dramatically since the Sept. 11 attacks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Jesus Ontiveros, 26, poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. Born in Tijuana, but raised in California, he crosses to the U.S. where he works at a Wal-Mart and studies nursing. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, a transgender woman poses for a portrait while waiting for a friend at the Chaparral border crossing, in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, . (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Darius Jaeger, 45, poses for a portrait leaning on his motorcycle in Tijuana, Mexico. Born in San Diego, Jaeger has lived in Tijuana for seven years because he says it's more affordable. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Amber Robinson, 39, of San Diego, poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Robinson, originally from Alabama, visits Tijuana regularly because it reminds her of Afghanistan where she served three tours with the U.S. Army. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this In this April 5, 2017 photo, restaurant worker Mario, from Tijuana, holds a wad of cash while posing for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. He was deported in 2000 and has three children living in the U.S. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this In this April 5, 2017 photo, Haitian Marie Mirlande Caceus poses for a portrait with her sons, Miguel and Lilliam, and a family friend, 3-year-old Ryan, in Tijuana, Mexico. Caceus, left homeless by Hurricane Matthew, migrated to Brazil and then the U.S. Mexico border. She and her husband have decided not to cross into the U.S. for fear of being deported back to Haiti. Caceus, whose main language is Creole, is slowly learning Spanish, adding amigo, hola, arroz, pollo y pantelon to her vocabulary.
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Californian Jose Salazar Luna, 65, poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. Luna crosses the bridge to Tijuana in his motorized chair once a week, to eat chilaquiles at his favorite restaurant. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Emilio Barrera Mondregon, 43, from the southern state of Guerrero, was deported last year to Tijuana, Mexico. He is trying to gather money to make another attempt to enter the U.S. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this In this April 5, 2017 photo, Ursulo Montenegro, 51, poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico, one day after he was deported. He says he killed a man in Yuma, Arizona with a knife in self-defense and served prison time. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Victor Daniel Bonilla Montes, 35, of Jalisco, poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. He was deported 15 years ago after working in Lake Tahoe, Nev. and has tried unsuccessfully to return many times. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Miguel Trejo, originally from Michoacan, poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. Miguel, who is retired and has lived in Tijuana for the past six years, says he crosses the bridge three times a week as a form of exercise. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
In this April 5, 2017 photo, Californian Jorge Estrada poses for a portrait in Tijuana, Mexico. Jorge, who was born in San Diego but lives in Tijuana, goes to rehab once a week in San Diego to treat his heroin addiction. As a surfer he says walls are never a good idea. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
The Associated Press photographer Rodrigo Abd, poses for a picture in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Over two weeks, AP journalists Rodrigo Abd and Christopher Sherman logged 3,000 miles in a rented Jeep traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, crisscrossing back and forth across the world’s 10th-longest border 22 times and blogging about the experience. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)
The Associated Press reporter, Christopher Sherman, poses for a picture in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Over two weeks, AP journalists Rodrigo Abd and Sherman logged 3,000 miles in a rented Jeep traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, crisscrossing back and forth across the world’s 10th-longest border 22 times and blogging about the experience. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

TIJUANA, Mexico — Over two weeks, AP journalists Rodrigo Abd and Christopher Sherman logged 3,000 miles in a rented Jeep traveling from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean, crisscrossing back and forth across the world's 10th-longest border 22 times and blogging about the experience .

All along the way they were looking for the right place for Abd to spend a day using his wooden box camera to make striking black-and-white portraits of the people who inhabit the frontier lands. It's a primitive device consisting of a box with a lens and space for a developing lab inside, and shooting, developing and digitizing the images is a painstaking process.

On the last full day of the trip, they finally set it up on a sidewalk in Tijuana, Mexico, near where people enter and leave the Chaparral border crossing. Most were coming or going in a hurry. But some, such as recent deportees from the United States, were just hanging around trying to figure out their next moves.

One by one they posed for the camera in front of a black backdrop and told the journalists a little about themselves, why they were there and what it's like to live along the border at a time of uncertainty for U.S.-Mexico relations under the presidency of Donald Trump.

Then Abd and Sherman used the box camera to take photos of each other, documenting the end of their journey.

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