back home for the next month miami ~~~
a lunch date with my father turned into a tour of the university of Puerto Rico, where he’s worked over 20+ yrs and coincidentally where I also went to my first preschool. I have little to 0 memories growing up in PR, so when he walked me through the last place we were probably together 30 years before, was trippy 2 say the least —
only took 30 years to finally meet and photograph my biological father who is now 73. scrolling through the film was heavier than I expected crying at every scroll astonished that I actually have him in negatives after all this time. I didn’t go wild photographing, it actually was so so difficult to look at him through the lens without having connection initially, I hope to keep coming back and building because this was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. link in bio ———— 🥀🥀🥀
happy bday @dedelovelace !! 🎂 🧁 🍰
mira mi gente TONIGHT in Mexico City, showing work in a group photo show with @35sn45s x @trippin .world at @fabrica29 with some brilliant photographers showcasing their travel work ~~ sharing prints from my time in OAXACA 2017 like these og teal boys, all for sale and up until FEB 3. drinks by @ilegalmezcal tattoos by @moesaavedra3x3 DJs art fun shit etcetcetccc come thru 🌎🇲🇽🌍✈️ 7PM
fyi after 30+ absent years and 4 years exchanging emails I found my dad showing up to an address I had — I was putting it off and then my friend encouraged a dry run to chk out the house and then I just thought let me see if he’s even home and a woman came to the door surprised and before I could explain she said “you’re ysanya”, and a literal second after he pulled up to the driveway and he was very speechless It was tripppppy im still processing it shout out my guy @vivo_uno for all the support in PR and filming this moment without my knowledge it’s priceless just like the audio commentary lol I always make jokes I get no photos or moments of myself over the years but to have this one taped is real crazy 2 me ! ! !
i was gonna write some long caption about how I personally feel and how the US feels about it’s Latin citizens and then I thought who cares pictures do it for themselves
heyyyyy today was interesting I finally realized how much the US consistently loves neglecting Puerto Rico (+ it’s other territories etcetcetcetc ) I ALSO noticed how stuuuuupid American media has gotten with covering the same asinine trump shit when it could actually expose other worldly affairs you know, like your other US citizens. maybe the news should be reminded of how Puerto Rico was chillin prospering on its own before the US invaded and did the shit they do, fucked up their economy and any future ability to flourish again, educate their people, provide opportunity etcetcetc —- and it all just really hit me when I walked around seeing the neglect right in front of my face. we drove around and a lot of people said they were 2 weeks without water. the national guard came a week later and still was up half ass ready. lots of tent camp sites with kids playing around and visibly slept in/lives in vehicles. one elderly woman asked us if any of us knew how to check her blood pressure.....I wish I could develop all this 120 film rn but here are some videos of what a weird day it was for photo taking! #guanica #puertorico #indiospuertorico #puertoricoearthquake
idk whatttttt is even happening but I embrace the nature that is my wild unpredictable life cause in less than 24 hours I bought a ticket to Puerto Rico this weekend been lo key putting off since my real dad found me thru email 4 years go. was meant to be in Mexico for a sick ass party vacationing on the beach but that would have been comfortable and easy and perhaps another year woulda flown and I still wouldnt have done it — so fuck it maybe this is my 1 chance to not only finally meet my real father but more importantly return with images of what’s really going on in #puertorico // it honestly blows my mind that most US citizens dont even completely understand the relationship of Puerto Rico being a US territory and receiving ZERO help, not just cause the hurricane and now this earthquake but in *GENERAL* // I grew up in the states and am thankful for my education etc etc etc but I also grew up with no understanding of my identity/country or connection with relatives. I kept overthinking tryna plan this shit but maybe this time there is no plan, I just go. many asked to donate $$$ for film so there’s a link in my bio, but honestly your encouragement to go is enough, what I would appreciate is letting any editors/news outlets/photographer peers know I’m coming this weekend and ok maybe let @rickymartin + @jlo know too Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
the last time my name was on an apartment lease was 2011. I had just quit my first (& only ) job at @gqphotodept to pursue freelance full-time. it was meant to be temporary then 9 years later I still live in the sky. I didn’t plan to live out of suitcases for as long as I have but at this point in my 30s, its kind of the only way I know how to live — so I started documenting my time in transit, when I am at my happiest, just me and my camera. the first time I left the country in 2009 with worn out family luggage and a non global blackberry, on my flight I watched ‘Up In The Air’ and fantasized about being George Clooney, the way his travel was sophisticated and streamline as fuck / / somehow that became me.
ready 2 infiltrate 2020