I was born and raised in Puerto Rico. After coming to thecity for college, I experienced several misunderstandings and culture clashes with 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 was collaborating with photographer Ashley Torres, who is also of Puerto Rican descent.
Showcased in this portfolio are two features. The first feature was inspired by photographer Cindy Sherman’s work. She was able tocreate a commentary of sorts on women’s role in society by photographing herself in various genres. For this story, I transformed myself into that hated stereotype 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 their colorful style.
art direction and styling Irene Fernández
photographed by Ashley Torres