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Snack Shop/Taqueria

The words on the middle window read;
Hot Chocolate
Hot Dog

This photo always makes me smile. There are dualities in various aspects of the larger U.S. culture that could be easily missed, not realizing how they affect us. They’re all around us and sometimes well hidden.

There is a Puerto Rican restaurant in Logan Square where I was able to order orchata to go with my Jibarito sandwich. I venture to say that the sandwich itself is a sign of a type or kind of duality in the local Chicago culture but I may be intellectualizing or even over-intellectualizing a simple thing. I smile again…


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January 24, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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ayer, hoy, mañana

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I took this photo November 3, 2007 at the Opening of the “ayer, hoy, mañana”. The exhibit was held at Acme Art Works. This was the third showing of our collaborative project that included nine photographers, all showcasing photographs from the 2006 and 2007 immigration mega marches. We worked hard on this event which not only included photography but a panel of speakers and a forum for dialogue.

I know this photo is not a great one but I like it and yes, perhaps it’s my own bias. My brother and I had a good discussion about it. We spoke on aesthetics, form and the message it conveys, both the intended and the recieved. Now my main argument was that because this was not a staged photograph I couldn’t have as much control of what was in the frame. Of course without context, this photo may not say much but it is still illustrating a man that is paying attention to something. I don’t know, to me he seems captivated by what he’s looking at. Maybe I’ll write some more later…

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January 15, 2008 at 8:37 pm

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The light on the bus

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A little overexposure, a long exposure? A little bit of shaking, a little experimenting. A little photoshop, a little color correction? …in terms a final work of art, I often wonder on the processes of making art in general. How much is the artist, how much are the tools, how much of it is something that “just seemed to work”? Talent? Oh well, all of that is left behind and what you get is what’s in front of you. Maybe it’s the old cliché; “controlled chaos”. Ha! “Whatever…”

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January 4, 2008 at 8:30 pm

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Racism around me

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In October I did a short series based on an open theme, I attempted to briefly illustrate the relationship between women and society. I tried.  It was part of a Jazz Vespers event Wicker Park Grace holds every month. This is a jazz music, prayer, photography, poetry, prose event. This photograph is from that project.

I work at Union Avenue Community Outreach, a youth centre on the south-side of Chicago, this is where the photo was taken. Through them I am able to take a lot of photographs of youth and people. I’ve had this floating, working idea to use the youth at the centre to illustrate racism in the communities they live in (Fuller Park and Canaryville). Well, when the theme of women came about, I decided to use my floating idea on racism. I asked a few counselors (leaders) and students to pose for me and between the flash of the camera and some laughs I got some good photos. I’ve gotten a lot of interesting comments on this image but something that was said repeatedly was that “they look angry”. Racism is a daily reality in Chicago, that’s not new. Yet, what I find extremely interesting is that depending on where you go and where you are it looks and feels differently. I’ve spent half my life in Chicago, the other half I spent in Guatemala. We all know racism is everywhere but Chicago is a little different, at least the way I see it and feel it. Racial micro-aggression? Critical social theory?

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December 30, 2007 at 10:18 am

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