I'd like to share the portraits taken of my beautiful amiga Rosana who, like me, lives on a ranch where there's tons of open space and legit backdrops to photograph against right down the street from our own bedrooms. Who, also like me, is Zacatecana meaning our roots lie in the state of Zacatecas, Mexico. As we've grown closer this last year we've learned so much about each other and have supported one another through everything. This was a feel good shoot that gave us both a little reminder to keep doing our thing. Taken in her hood in San Martin, CA lent me a lot of inspiration and I'm so excited to share these photos.
"It takes a long time for women to feel it’s alright to be chingona. To aspire to be a chingona!…You are saying, ‘This is my camino, this is my path and I’m gonna follow it, regardless of what culture says.’ I don’t think the church likes chingonas. I don’t think the state likes chingonas.! And fathers definitely do not like chingonas. And boyfriends don’t like chingonas. But, you know, I remain optimistic. I will meet a man who likes a chingona, one day. One day, my chingon will come."
- Sandra Cisneros (from HBO’s “The Latino List”)