Documentary Work

 

Mama: Two girls and their mother

On September 4, 2015, my mother called my sister and me and began to tearfully speak the words, “I have breast cancer.” My whole body went numb. I was eight years old when I lost my father to a heart attack. With the onset of my mother’s diagnoses came the flooding fears that I would be losing another parent and the memories of her would soon begin to fade.

This work creates a portrait of my mother, Lauraine Harding, capturing the moments of beauty and strength within a middle aged woman who has experienced loss, an empty nest, and chronic pain. The relationships she holds with her daughters are the foundation upon which she has continued to push forward despite the recent diagnosis of breast cancer.

In addition to the photographs, I chose to make a book in order to create a more intimate experience for the viewer. The book gives a deeper, more tangible look into the life of my mother and the relationships she holds with her daughters.

 

 

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton: Road to the Nomination

Presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton held numerous campaign events in and around the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area leading up to the Iowa Caucuses. On Monday, February 1st, Clinton won the Iowa caucus by a historically narrow margin against Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Te Amo

Maricel Buendia came to the United States in hopes of a better life for herself and one day, her daughter. When she came in 1998, she left behind her three year old daughter, Camila. Four years later, Maricel had saved enough money to pay the same man who brought her to the United States to bring Camila to Virginia. At the age of seven, Camila made the journey from Argentina to cross the Mexican border and join her mother in Falls Church, Virginia. Eight years later, Camila is now a sophomore at Falls Church High School, as well as, a DREAMer. 

On October 28, 2014, Camila received her Deferred Action under the DREAM Act. She is one of approximately 1.4 million immigrants currently living in the U.S who meets the requirements of the Deferred Action initiative. As a DREAMer, Camila has been granted conditional permanent residency, an employment authorization card, and now has the option to pay in-state tuition rates. Camila has never felt like she wasn’t a citizen, but is excited for the opportunities that come with her Deferred Action. 

“I love being involved in different activities. My friends and teammates treat me like one of them and it doesn’t phase me that I don’t have the same rights as everyone else.”

Maricel is still one of 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S today. For the last twelve years, Maricel has worked multiple jobs to support Camila, paid her taxes, and contributed society every day. Despite Obama’s executive action and as a parent of a DREAMer, Maricel does not qualify for deferred action. 

“Until there is a new law, I can’t apply for citizenship,”

Maricel can’t take the chance of getting deported during the citizenship process. Camila and Maricel still do not know when or if they will ever gain full citizenship to the United States, but are taking the necessary steps to do so and living their daily lives as if they were.

Videography Work