Migrant Eyes: Visual Stories of Life in a New Country
September 13, 2017
In summer 2017, I developed "Migrant Eyes" as a participatory photography project with immigrant youths in the New Orleans area. Six children and teenagers participated in a photography workshop and then used Fujifilm 35-mm single-use cameras to document their experiences as immigrants in the United States. Their work will be exhibited at The Latin American Library of Tulane University beginning September 29, 2017.
Lake Pontchartrain, in southeast Louisiana just north of New Orleans, supports economic and recreational activities as well as wildlife and wetland habitats. I grew up on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, with regular trips across the causeway to New Orleans to see family and, later, to attend school and work. The lake, with its ever-changing moods and colors, along with its wildlife, people, marshes, and urban shores, is a place I return to over and over again to find solitude, inspiration, and my Louisiana roots.