Acts of Resistance (AOR) is an experiential portrait series created in collaboration with renowned poet and writer, Yosimar Reyes. By centering the experiences of QTPOC couples in public spaces throughout Los Angeles, each image seeks to challenge popular notions of love, romance, and space in a time of increasing political, racial, and gendered inequality. AOR is titled after Reyes' influential poem, Acts of Resistance, and urges viewers to think about the beauty and complexity of QTPOC couples in a way that creates pathways to continued resistance in Los Angeles and beyond. For more about this series check out Remezcla.
My photos and interview with Estevan Oriol and Cartoon for Remezcla.
William, Jun, and Jackie
The William, Jun, and Jackie story is about the power of love, interracial relationships, and multitudes during the post-war World War Two years. Writing and photographs by Walter Thompson-Hernandez. Design by Chrystal Li. Inquire within to learn more or to purchase a copy of the zine.
Each image in the Papá Y Yo series represents a critical attempt to foreground Afro-Cuban fatherhood in a way that constructively challenges and questions presumed notions of masculinity. While this project solely features fathers and their children, Papá Y Yo serves as an expository reminder that Afro-Cuban fatherhood and childrearing is never an isolated act, but rather a collaborative experience guided by the unbounded love of women, family, and communities throughout Cuba.
Melanin(a) is an environmental portrait series dedicated to the beauty and struggle of black and brown relationships in Los Angeles. In one of the most divisive moments in the history of the United States, I ask: How are black and brown couples making sense of the current political and racial climate? How does the increased normalization of violence on the black and brown body throughout Los Angeles impact intimacy? And what does a black and brown future look like in the age of Trump? By exploring these narratives through visual ethnography, Melanin(a) aims to build on the existing work of artists and activists who have and continue to create platforms for the preservation of black and brown lives in Los Angeles and beyond.
My series on Latina and Latino Muslims featured by Fusion.
The viejitos/youngins photo series was shot in Cuba during the summer of 2016 and delves into the generational differences between Cubans. Photos and story featured by We Are Mitu.
The Other LA
The Other LA: Reimagining Afro-Latinidad
As a Blaxican and a native of Los Angeles, California, I have always struggled to construct a palpable ethno-racial identity that accurately reflects the transnational reality of my multi-racial experience. Attempts to classify myself using traditional racial signifiers like African American and Latino or Chicano only exacerbated the racial conflicts and divisions that I felt. In this feeling of isolation, however, there was an irony: I was never alone. Throughout Los Angeles, I found similar conflicts and crises of race, ethnicity, and identity in other multi-racial individuals and families. While Afro-Latinidad certainly typifies the story of Afro-descendants in Latin America and Afro-Latina/os in the United States, it often falls short in reflecting the reality of the children of African American and Latina/o inter-ethnic unions. In this vein, reimagining Afro-Latinidad represents the reframing of what it means to be Black and Latina/o in the context of transnational racial constructions. Yet this project symbolizes more than a shift in thinking or identity consciousness. It means unraveling and coming to grips with the complex labyrinth of racial, political, and economic changes being triggered by the intersection of African-American and Latina/o diaspora in the U.S. Understanding this ethno-racial juncture means understanding the multiplicity of Black and Latina/o identities in the context of U.S. racial construction.
In January of 2013, I was fortunate to travel to Cuba for the third time to visit friends and family. These photos represent only a fraction of the breathtaking sights, scenes, and people that my lens was able to capture.
A walk through Downtown Los Angeles
Four weeks in Oaxaca and Chiapas.
Five weeks in Afro-Peru.
Black and Belgian
Black and Belgian: Navigating Multiracial Identities in Ghent, Belgium
What does it mean to be Black and Belgian? How do North African and sub-Saharan African identities and experiences impact the lives of multiracial people or “Afropeans” in Belgium? How influential is the U.S. Black experience in the formation of Afropean identity? These were some of the questions that I pondered, at the outset of this project - weeks after completion, I am still grappling with them.