I photographed these the day after my grandmother had her cataract surgery.
Portrait studies of Laci and I.
One of Laci's two sisters. During her visit from Baltimore last summer, I got to know her a little and capture these portraits.
When I was a young child I used to tell people my favorite color was polkadots...I still do sometimes.
Brandon and London are brothers. They live with my grandmother and I. Playing guitar, photography, and video are some of his interests. He's a sophomore in high school and is thankfully responsible and mature for his age.
My Tia Rosa's chihuahua. Her name means "little spark" in Spanish. I have to create a makeshift barrier to my room whenever they visit because she likes to pee in front of my door.
London and Brandon are brothers. They live with my grandmother and I. London likes eating yogurt sticks, playing with Legos, and repeating himself with details about everything. Occasionally he pees in our kitchen trash can when he sleepwalks. We still love him though.
My partner in crime.
As a way to be financially resourceful, my grandmother makes herself dresses from scrap material she buys from the local swap meet. When she came to this country from El Salvador she labored in sweat-like conditions in a factory as a seamstress for more than 25 years chasing the illusory "American Dream". To learn more about her, click here.
One of Laci's two sisters. She was visiting from Vegas during St. Patrick's week. I managed to capture these few portraits right before we ate our crock pot corned-beef and cabbage.
I met Liliana at a local watering hole of mine one summer night. I was wearing a ridiculous Australian outback hat which, in my defense, was pretty awesome. I no longer wear hats.
Scanned darkroom prints from a self portrait study I embarked on after my younger sister passed away.
Self portraits taken in the aftermath of my sister's death.
Early works with multiple exposure.
Over the years Laci has collected some extraordinary robes from various thrift stores and flea markets. I like the chiffon and silky ones the best.
A temporary departure from my typical multiple exposure and reflection based work, I shot these because I've always been fascinated with the archaic, weathered tombstones at Evergreen Cemetery in East Los Angeles. The cemetery has a storied history and is the oldest in the LA metro area.