A Place Like Home
When I first moved to the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston from my native Barcelona, I got to know several Puerto Rican families who lived nearby. As I began to build a relationship with them, I was welcomed into their homes and families. I became very interested in both the interiors of their apartments and in making their portraits.
The spaces fascinated me because of their careful decoration. The families present their homes as glorious domestic spaces-- even as the walls and woodwork show signs of long use. The use of golden furniture, and shiny ornaments, as well as religious iconography describes an intense relationship to religious belief. In the portraits, I am interested in personalities and relationships. While I learned about their stories and generational relationships, I began to attempt to photograph their characters and vibrant gestures. Throughout my visits I aimed to depict what kept me mesmerized for so many months.