Coming Home…

Coming Home…

Leaving home, is never easy. Whichever your reasons were for relocating, you always end up feeling divided, fractured. You  develop new habits and grow into newer version of yourself. Yet, while that newer version of you is perhaps richer in experience than the latter you, there’s a lingering feeling, a longing for home. However your compass rests now perpetually in a state of limbo not knowing where home really is/was/will be…It is what it is.

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Courtney Stohlton

 

Visiting home, thus, results harder than leaving. A bittersweet taste. Family evolves without you. You experience your elders decaying exponentially with every visit. The little ones are now all grown up and you’ve missed who knows how many milestones. You can solely relate to family through tiny little moments. Cherished moments which your heart knows are nothing but frugal because soon you have to leave again. Subconsciously, you fight not to get attached, because you can’t afford to.

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Vianca E. Palacios

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Laura Valentín

I am back from a short visit home, Puerto Rico. My paternal grandmother, the last one left standing, is fading away now. This was the main reason for my visit. To see her  while she can still win a battle or two against senility. Every time I stopped by her house, she would show glimpses of lucidity and her eyes would lit up whenever she successfully recognized me. Once I told her about my recent achievements, she smiled and said “what is important is to keep working, always”…then she drifted into her mind and started talking about how her late sister had come back to life to see her.

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Courtney Stohlton

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Camila M. Rosado

In spite of the hardships, I have discovered a way to cope with the difficulties of visiting home. I started to revisit places full memories of my youth. Old San Juan and its piragüas (snow cones) on Sunday afternoons, buying produce with grandma at La Plaza del Mercado, having my first alcoholic drink in la Calle Loiza and the ever growing  mystery of La Perla. With every visit, I have been turning these places into the backdrop for my works. These photographs carry then a weight  far more important than any other place I’ve visited recently. This photos are the way I bring home back with me.

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Courtney Stolhton

 

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Laura Valentín

 

Thinking of recent events, I can’t even imagine the struggles felt recently by families threatened of having that very possibility stripped away from them due to the unmentionable “ban”. Hatred and ignorance are strong instruments of separation. Fear cannot and should not split families apart. Perhaps those in power would find a voice of reason and compassion  if they were to find themselves living in a foreign land in spite of themselves.

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Courtney Stohlton

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Laura Valentín

As a Puerto Rican, I count myself lucky that I can freely visit home. I understand that as a privilege today, one sometimes taken for granted.

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Vianca E. Palacios

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Laura Valentín

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Courtney Stohlton

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Camila M. Rosado

For mor images  and prints visit: http://www.omarzrobles.com/Prints/Puerto-Rico/

 

All images and text ©2017 Omar Z Robles. All Rights Reserved. Do not copy or use with out written consent from Omar Z Robles.

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    I’ve been following your beautiful work on IG for a while. You’re just amazing.

    Have you seen @lizzy.dances on IG? She works so hard at what she does!

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