Days after Joaquín Guzmán was recaptured, people in living in Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico’s Durango state wouldn’t say much of the world’s most wanted drug lord, the notorious “El Chapo.”

“Almost no one we talked to could even bring themselves to say his name, let alone admit any knowledge whatsoever of him,” photojournalist Allison Shelley told In Sight. “Was it out of fear or respect? Perhaps a very intense combination.”

Alongside Washington Post reporter Joshua Partlow, Shelley traveled deep into the mountainous where as many as 1,000 people fled for safety after an unsuccessful attempt by the Mexican Marines to capture El Chapo. She documented their journey on her Instagram.

While in the mountains, Shelley said, their reporting focused on  those whose lives were disrupted. “It’s natural to gravitate towards the most dramatic elements of a situation, especially when you have an enigmatic, disappearing drug lord and a couple of international celebrities involved,” she said.  “But we went into this reporting focused on the real-life, human collateral damage — the lives of many people were profoundly changed because of how this manhunt was conducted.”

Although people were hesitant to speak about El Chapo, Shelley was still able to form connections within the mountain settlements. She said one man helped her and Partlow when their truck got stuck, “… a man on an ATV with a ski mask over his face, an AR-15 strapped across his chest and two pistols in his waistband — nicest guy in the world,” she said. “We ended up staying two nights at his house deep in the mountains, and he became our best connection to these communities. He didn’t, however, elaborate much about what he did, and we didn’t push it.”

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