For this series I wanted to document symbols, textures, styles, signs, and scenes found in Dallas that reminded me of what I saw while living in Mexico. I feel like generally, White people in Dallas act or speak as if Hispanic culture is a foreign culture instead of recognizing it as an essential part of Dallas culture. I wanted the viewer, especially the White viewer, to think they are looking at photos from a foreign country, perhaps Mexico or some other Latin American country that comes to their mind. I intentionally isolated people and elements of Hispanic culture in the photos to provoke those thoughts. I then wanted to reveal the truth that these photos are of their local culture here in Dallas. If you look closely though, you can see the presence of American culture in them, just like if you look closely at American culture, you can see the presence of Hispanic culture.
I shot this series on black and white film with my Nikon FM2 and developed them myself. This is my first time creating a series of photographs on film. I immensely enjoyed it and also found it to be a frustrating experience. I accidentally ruined a couple rolls of film and shot an entire roll, so I thought, the roll wasn’t actually advancing as I was shooting and I realized it after I “shot” 36 photos. Despite the painful experiences, the successful ones were extremely exciting and fun.