I am from Villa Nazareth in La Romana, Dominican Republic and was raised just outside of the city in Guaymate. After I graduated from high school, I moved closer to the city center, got married, separated from my first husband, remarried, and became a mother to my two amazing daughters. In 1994, my family left the Dominican Republic for New York City. Now, I spend my time participating in photography with the Bronx Senior Photo League and doting on my grandchildren.

I have always been interested in the arts. When my daughters were little, I would take them to the Met every Saturday. There was always an instructor that gave a tour and then some sort of art class. Now, I go to the Museo del Barrio and the museums on 5th Avenue. I started with the Bronx Senior Photo League after seeing some members of my senior center working on their projects. I had never heard of the program before, so they invited me to join their class. I used to buy disposable cameras, and take photos here and there, but I didn’t know photography had so much potential. Photography has a lot of power and an even richer history. I never imagined my photos would be showcased in an exhibition. I am so proud that people are interested in and love my work.

The COVID-19 crisis makes me think of all I have lost, but still, I move forward with hope. Before the virus, I had a lot of fun in my life. I spent time with family and my friends at the senior center, and would venture out to go to church events like jewelry making classes or Jarabe dance festivals. I could go where I was invited without reservation, and enjoyed walking freely on the streets. Now, it’s been a long two months away from my daughters and granddaughters.

This pandemic should teach us all a lesson. People should get to know each other more and learn to survive as we adjust to a new way of life. We just need to have patience.


Looking up to the New York skyline, 2020.

Rockefeller Center, New York, 2019.

Radio City Music Hall. New York, 2020.

Bronx skyline view near La Finca, Bronx, New York, May 2020.

Walking in the South Bronx, New York, 2020.


American flag at Mitchel Senior Center. Bronx, New York, 2020. 

Granddaughter’s Christmas cookies, Bronx, New York, 2019.

Birthday party, Bronx, New York, 2019.

Looking out my kitchen window. Bronx, New York, 2019.

Portrait of my daughter turning 20. Bronx, New York, 2020.

My daughter's graduation portrait and a portrait of me. Bronx, New York, 2019.

Gatita, Bronx, New York, 2020.


During the COVID-19 global pandemic, students documented their experience with physical distancing and self-quarantine. As we had no access to their cameras, they used their mobile phones to capture the constant changes they faced, both positive and negative.

Meeting with friends at a food bank. Bronx, New York, 2020.

La Finca del Sur Community Gardens, Bronx, New York, 2020.

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