Prints for Puerto Rico - Singles

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Prints for Puerto Rico - Singles

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These photographs were taken over the course of 10 days in August 2006 in Puerto Rico, along the northern coast of the island, from El Yunque to Arecibo to the house my grandmother was born in deep in the mountains of Lares.

The year before I was given my very first camera as a birthday present, a Canon PowerShot A520, a dinky little 4.0 megapixel digital camera, but to 15 year old me, this camera was everything.

It was freedom.

This trip changed everything for me.

I can definitively say that I would not be the photographer I am today if not for those 10 days. A switch flipped in my brain, before Puerto Rico, I was a general artist. After Puerto Rico, I was a photographer. I never per se decided that I would pursue photography, nor that I would study it in college. It just revealed itself to me as the natural course of my life. Almost quite literally, I picked up a camera on the island and I never put it back down, over a decade later.

This island, this beautiful paradise that not only birthed my passion but my family, and by extension myself, is in dire need of help. Hurricanes Irma and Maria all but turned Puerto Rico into a third world country within a number of weeks. 95% of the power grid has been wiped out. Not simply switched off, but the power lines have been ripped from the ground and torn to shreds. Running water is a luxury. Internet connections are all but nonexistent. 99% of the cell towers on the island have been twisted to heaps of wood, metal, and wire. Gas lines stretch for miles. The island has become a cash-only society as people desperately try to empty their savings through what few ATMs still work. Roads have been made impassable, all but cutting off the most vulnerable communities from receiving any aid, if it is even coming at all.  The island is quite literally running out of food and drinkable water.  As of this writing we have yet to hear from most of my relatives on the island.

I am selling these prints as a means of doing….something. I cannot sit back and simply watch my homeland be devastated on the news. This may not garner much, but at least it will garner something. 
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The prints will be 4"x6" on Fine Art Pearl Photo Paper. If you are in the Philadelphia area, I will be happy to drop the prints off to you personally. I graciously ask that you order a minimum of 3 prints if you request for them to be shipped to you, so that a profit can be made and donated. 100% of the proceeds will be donated directly to charitable organizations that will directly help the most vulnerable communities on the island. Specific charities will be listed shortly. 

I cannot thank you enough for helping me help my family and my people. The island may very well never truly recover from this devastation...but that does not mean that we will not try. There are few peoples on the planet with more pride than Borciuas. It will not be easy, it will not be quick, but we will survive. That is what we do. We preserve. 

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