Documentary Photographer

Connected Across Borders

I live in Salem, Oregon, which like many cities in America has seen rapid demographic change due to immigration from Mexico. This has both enhanced diversity and sparked racial tension. To help educate residents about our Mexican neighbors, and to honor their contributions to the community, I decided to photograph daily life in El Varal, a mountain village in Michoacan, Mexico. El Varal has been a major sending community to Salem since the 1940’s. It could be considered Salem’s unofficial sister city. Thanks to my work as a teacher and principal, I have met many families who call El Varal “home”. This document is ongoing, and is in collaboration with families of my current and former students.

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