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.
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.