Working on this project was definitely a challenge to the say the least. I toyed with so many different ideas and ultimately followed something that really matters to me. Immigrants have been under major scrutiny since the election of Donald Trump. This country was founded by immigrants so I wanted to go back to this and really explore how much immigrants affect our lives here in Columbia.
I found five immigrants all with different jobs, stories, and backgrounds. They are different ages and all come from different cultures. Although they are different, their goals are the same. They are working hard at their respective jobs to create a better life for themselves and their families. Their impact isn’t always apparent in everyday life, but they continue to make life better for their community.
Iván Reyna – Peru
Liza Korshunova – Russia
Ketsee Hagan – Laos
Haby Boukari – Chad
Ozzy Silva – Colombia
I also made a graphic of where all these wonderful individuals are from, here is a screenshot:
You can interact with the map and see the photos and audio there as well. Click here.
The project is also on my website for another way to view the content. Click here.
Looking back, I wish I had more photographs, but I am happy with the amount of people who were willing to be a part of this. I loved gathering audio and listening to all of their voices. Overall I think this was a success and it can be easily continued throughout my life as a photojournalist.