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Seeing Being Seen

     When I moved back home to Phoenix after I graduated from college, I felt disconnected from a queer community. Having just come out, I began to look for ways to participate in that community without having to rely on in-person contact.  For me, phone-based apps provided both a way to learn more about […]

Observer First

It started in Brazil, as I watched my sister dance salsa. There were no traces of Portuguese; just pure eye-contact, body cues, and a different type of connection between Astrid and the Carioca. I wish someone would have taken my picture in that moment, 6 years ago, when I was captivated by the communication between […]

Earth Consuming / Light Embracing

There is a deep connection I feel to the earth. I come from the earth. The earth embraces me when I die. Once part of the earth I will become new life and grow new roots. I long to be part of this cycle. I want to feel the earth consuming me and light embracing […]

A SAFE PLACE

Elevation is power.  The neighborhood of Sunnyslope provides one of the best examples of wealth and power dynamics within the larger footprint of Phoenix.  In an area extending over just a nine-mile radius, wealthy residents of Sunnyslope neighbor with the less fortunate, sometimes on the same street or a few blocks apart.  Within this tightly […]

With Each Passing Day

“God, grant me the serenity – to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”   I was put in this life with the mother I have, and that’s the way it is. My parents were both addicts. I spent my childhood in […]

East of Ajo

In the spring of 2017 I went on a camping trip to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) acreage nestled in between the town of Ajo, Arizona and the Tohono O’Odham Nation. In my eyes the terrain didn’t appear to be under any government supervision, but a space where people littered their weekends away shooting […]

The Journey

My paternal great-grandparents, who were legal U.S. residents, emigrated back to their native México during the Great Depression. Their son, my Abuelo (grandfather) who was born in San Antonio, became a U.S. immigrant to México at seventeen. Time passed and fate would again intervene when my father, a chronic asthmatic learned of a place where he could live […]

My Shōjo Heart

Shōjo manga (girls’ comics) has been seminal to the genre as a whole and especially formative for Japanese girls’ culture throughout the postwar era. Shōjo Heart is a metaphor from Shōjo manga. It means people’s feelings and thoughts straight from the heart. Currently, there are more and more Chinese students who come to the US […]

The Talk. Photography

The following images are the result of a photographic collaboration between my three year old son and myself. Miles selects a curated edit of his own photographs; then in response, I select photographs of my own from my own library. The back and forth discussion of his photographs informs my decisions. I want to know […]

SHOT

A couple of years ago, my mother explained that she had begun to carry a handgun for self-protection. Guns had never been a presence in our family, so I wondered why my 61-year-old mom would resort to such an action. No personal prior incident had occurred to cause her to carry. I was shocked, angry, […]