I am from Nicaragua. I am 68 years old. I live in Manhattan with my husband, who was the reason I moved to the United States six years ago. In Nicaragua, I had a long career as an attorney, law professor, and author of multiple books and treatises. I survived the 1971 earthquake in Managua and a civil war and ultimately became a mediator in our country’s post-war land reform efforts, working at the highest level of the government. I have one son, Hector Jose. After my retirement, I decided to join my husband in New York permanently. I am currently studying to take the U.S. citizenship exam.
This is my second exhibition since I joined the BSPL in 2018. I love photography because it helps me capture the moments in life that are unique and unrepeatable. My family and friends are my favorite subjects. I also enjoy photographing nature, the sky and clouds, sunset or sunrise and have learned to appreciate architectural design. When I see photographs I have taken, I am able not only to return in time but also to the feeling and emotion of the moment. Since beginning photography class, I am much more interested in my subjects. Now I take my time; I stop to look at the details, even those that seemed insignificant to me before. When I first take a photograph, I feel anxious. Sometimes I miss the moment and I can't get what I want. However, once I press the shutter button and see the result, I laugh and realize that I am moving forward and must follow my instincts to discover other aspects of this interesting world of photography. I realize that I can photograph anything I want, enjoy the shots, and continue learning more every day.
PERSONAL PROJECT: ST. JEROME COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY
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.