Sometimes I don’t know how to caption the photos I post on Instagram. So I save them in my drafts, thinking and re-thinking what I have to say. What is the image saying? What do I know about the image that could interest the viewer?
I took this at a lake of my best friend Nathaly. I have a photographic series beginning to explore her daily life. She is from Peru which I note in my series. I have been raised to engage with social justice and inequities in our systems. With the current political climate, this detail of her background is not to be dismissed.
But I also think that we are too quick to label people and to let that label define them. White folks should be especially weary of this. Like categorizing and introducing people as ‘woke’. Or tokenizing friends of color.
To me this photo is just an image of my friend. I see her as an artist, an innovator, a mechanic, and a day dreamer. I see her as the weirdo I met in high school English class. Yes she is Peruvian American, and I acknowledge that because of this, her experiences are different than mine. But for me this image is just a snapshot of a day at a lake with my friend. ~
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