This is Seattle’s sunset. I like it when it’s getting dark, and when it’s getting light in the morning. It makes me feel all the things that we have accomplished in this country. It shows what we have reached since we come from a place where unfortunately, there is not an opportunity to prosper. I thank life because it’s a new night before the sun comes out and there is still light in the clouds and sky. This means that I am alive.
I took many pictures of the views of the city. Each time I look at the other side, I see my town. I see houses that are not buildings. I see things different than what I remember, but I need to realize that I am here. I’m on this side. I don’t identify myself with this city because it is not my root… but I am here. I need to plant my feet on the ground. This is where I live. I don’t want to lose my culture, but I have to adapt. The picture is saying ‘I am here, I am here.’
I identify myself with all this water because I feel that it’s a lake that transports me back home. I come from Livingston, Guatemala, which has a river that is connected to the sea, like here there is a sea connected to the lake. The connection between the fresh water and the salt water make this place similar to the place where I come from. So when I see water, waves or the sea, it makes me feel like I am on this side, but I want to get to the other side.
When I took this picture I was just standing, waiting for the bus, in the tunnel in Seattle. I was there thinking about the plan of my life, knowing where are you going, being present in the moment that you’re in, not being blocked by obstacles.
Cuando tomé esta foto estaba parado esperando el bus, en el túnel de Seattle. Yo estaba ahí pensando sobre el plan de mi vida, sabiendo hacia dónde voy, estando presente en el momento presente, no me sentía bloqueado por obstáculos.
This is a picture of the flag of my country of origin. I carry my flag wherever I go. It has millions of people who are around it. It contains all the people from Mexico who live in Seattle. For me, it is a combination of being proud where you made it, and also remembering where your roots are from, remember where you come from so you never deny the soil that saw your birth.
When I saw that place, I imagined myself in my village, on the farm, when you go out to the open fields to prepare the earth for work. This is here, over by Tukwila somewhere, you always remember, it feels like where the stream ran by my home. I miss that place a lot. Everything from over there in Mexico, being with my family. But oh well, we have to be here…
Do you use the internet?
No, I do not really use the internet.
Not even the one at the library?
No, I only look at news and documentaries. I do not use the internet for chatting, or uploading pictures or give out information to anybody.
What about a cellphone?
Yes, I have a cell phone. Mostly, I use it to talk to my mom.
Does it have internet?
Yes, it has internet.
What do you use it for?
This a group talk given by a policeman who talked to us about our rights. However, I don’t know what he was doing here, either he was talking or looking for someone. They asked if they could take pictures of us, and we said there was no problem. Since there is no problem with them taking pictures of us, there should be no problem of me taking pictures of him. So I took a picture of him.
This is a picture of a meteorite. I go to the library to find out more about it because I found one. This picture is of a meteorite that I saw in the library. In my home, I have a meteorite. In my collection, it is under thousands of keys. I have it well hidden.
Esta es una imagen de un meteorito. Voy a la biblioteca para averiguar más al respecto porque encontré uno. Esta foto es de un meteorito que vi en la biblioteca. En mi casa, tengo un meteorito. En mi colección, que está bajo miles de llaves. Lo tengo bien escondido.