I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After coming to thecity for college, I experienced several misunderstandings and culture clasheswith Puerto Ricans born in the city. We tend to criticize and sometimes neglecteach other. With this publication I wish to create a tool in which both groupscan connect and understand each other. A crucial element for this project wascollaborating with photographer Ashley Torres, who is also of Puerto Ricandescent.
Showcased in this portfolio are two features. The firstfeature was inspired by photographer Cindy Sherman’s work. She was able tocreate a commentary of sorts on women’s role in society by photographingherself in various genres. For this story, I transformed myself into that hatedstereotype that all Puerto Ricans in this country fall under. The secondfeature is a fashion portfolio. We picked up Puerto Ricans on the streets ofLoisaida (Lower East Side) and photographed them as a celebration of theircolorful style.
art direction and styling Irene Fernández
photographed by Ashley Torres