I moved to the United States after spending the first 14 years of my life in Malta, Ecuador. I have always been a hard-working woman in order to raise and support my 5 children. I hold multiple jobs as a teacher, caregiver, and provider of natural medicine.
“Eternity” is what inspires me to take photos: to be able to capture things that are interesting but fleeting, such as the way people dress, their emotions, and other details around my subjects. I believe those are moments that become history and will live forever. Photography has helped me to be present in the moment and to enjoy life more fully. I see photography as music because both express deep feelings.
The advent of COVID-19 has been difficult for me, bringing at times anxiety and frustration. However, I feel grateful to be alive and to spend more time with my sons. Always rushing because of my multiple jobs, this is the first time I am giving myself the opportunity to rest and breathe. Lately, I have been exploring new culinary recipes and taking well deserved naps as well. The biggest virtue I want to share with the world is “perseverance”. As a 60 year old woman living in the Bronx, I keep fighting and working hard for my family every day.
PERSONAL PROJECT: NATURAL MEDICINE
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.