Immigrants/ immigration has been a looming story on the screens and air waves in our lives for the past few years now and unfortunately, mostly the narratives have been negative, for example they are gang members, killers etc. With this project I intend to showcase all types of stories of immigrants who have come here looking to live better and fuller lives as well as giving their kids better lives and opportunities. This project has been a way for me to get closer to my roots and learn about why and how my parents and family migrated to the United States, as well as the struggles they had to endure in a new promising land.
While spending time with my family and listening to there stories I saw them so much more than just immigrants but as people who wanted better for themselves. It was then that I started to meet others who had stories about their journey here and every story had begun to captivate me with their depth and individuality. It was then that I knew I wanted to start this portrait project and tell these peoples’ story and show their bravery, courage and resilience by showcasing their story alongside their portrait giving the viewer a sense of knowing the person in the photos as well as being able to relate to the story personally.