Exploring the ideas of the familiar and reoccurring from growing up in a large Hispanic family and being the oldest of my generation. As I’ve moved to Chicago four years ago, I have been more in contact with my mother’s side and younger cousins. Realizing that what I think the most familiar thing to me should be my family but the more I photograph and explore what I know, see, and hear makes me only feel distant at times. Recognizing that even though we are connect by this word “Family”, we are all different people. I am not figuring out my place in the space of family, but documenting the events, spaces, and people that are held within this word “Family” that is so familiar to my culture.
Go to work. Stare out the window of the train. Wait for your morning coffee. Let your eyes and mind wander. Pay attention. Eat. Stress. Walk home. Love. Watch TV. Forget everything. Remember something.
Enjoying the process of new sets of work that come from developing rolls of film, having coffee with a friend, people watching in the park, listening to a new song, etc. Sharing imagery from the everyday mundane to familial to my internal struggles. Believing everything can be deemed beautiful and important if we give it a chance. With each new revision, I try to give new context by shifting space, form, and placement.
(book documentations available to view under "books" tab: 'Years', 'Years: chapters', 'Diary', 'blossomed')
A series of self portraits taken every day for 30 days, paired with text messages between a significant other and a set of individual short poems. (book documentation images in "books" tab)
a series of large format photos taken in my hometown of Joliet, Il.
A series of continuously changing self portraits. I am always being. I am aways becoming. Changing as I take a photo, photographing the changes in myself.