I’ve always admired photographs taken by professionals, thinking that good pictures could only be taken with expensive and complex equipment. It took time for me to realize that it is not the camera that takes an inspiring picture, but the ability of the photographer behind it. I try to instill this lesson in others, and enjoy teaching photography to those who are hungry to learn.
It hasn’t always been easy for me to invoke a connection between myself and the camera. While recovering from an accident that left me bedridden with a back injury, I started to use my camera in new ways – this time making the connections to time, feelings, and emotions that had eluded me before. One of the things that has drawn me to photography the most is the ability it has to connect me with different people and my surroundings.
I spent the first 16 years of my life in my country, Peru. For the next several years, I traveled to many other countries in South America doing missionary work. Experiencing such diverse cultures is truly what has fueled my passion for learning about different people.
For the past 4 years I have proudly called Holyoke, MA my home. Since then, I have been venturing into my community and capturing a moment in the lives of the people I come across. To me, the thrill is talking with those people, having them open up to me and then having the chance to take a photo that encompasses not just their image, but their essence.
I draw my inspiration from several places, but none more so than my two biggest fans, Amaraya and Penelope, my little princesitas. They give me the energy, courage and strength to continue on this journey.
I am now honored to be the official photographer for the Mayor of Holyoke, and I have been lucky enough to have my photographs featured in Oprah’s O magazine, The Boston Globe, among other notable publications.