National Geographic : 1996 Aug
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Behind the Scenes An Armadillo Armful THE ARMADILLO was for sale for 30 pesos, says photographer Tomasz Tomaszewski, who saw this young vendor in a Yucatan doorway. "I knew if I didn't buy it, its only future was as soup." Transaction completed, Tomasz drove off to release the creature. "As it walked into the jungle," says Tomasz, "it looked back like it could not believe its luck." Tomasz called home to Warsaw that night on his daughter Maryna's 17th birth day. "Your present," he told her, "is one happy armadillo." STUARTFRANKLIN Been There Before HE COULD NOT shake the feeling of d6ja vu. Though photographer Stuart Franklin often works in Mexico, he'd never visited the waters off Campeche. Yet the Pemex oil platform he was shooting was oddly familiar. Turns out he had been there before-just not in Mexico. He'd photographed the same platform eight years before in Scotland's North Sea. Its name-and location-had been changed in the meantime. F That Creative Spark HE SAW the boys carrying cardboard boxes as they dodged the falling fire works in Taxco, Mexico. Photographer David Alan Harvey didn't stop to wonder why. "I just moved in with my camera," he says, "entranced by the bright hail of sparks." Soon his shirt was on fire, but bystanders quickly beat out the flames. Says Dave, "So that's what the boxes were for! Protection!"