Far From Home
This work focuses on my emotional journey as an immigrant: my longing for the lost places of my native land, my search for a new identity, the complexities of connection and disconnection, and the importance of relationships.
As an immigrant, it was difficult for me to embrace the reality of my new life in America, a country which held no memory of my childhood, history or culture. As a way to overcome my feelings of dislocation, I began to photograph my children who, unlike me, quickly imprinted every place of their new home with their essence. Through watching my children experience this new world, I was able to reflect on my past, beginning an intimate journey towards discovery, recognition and acceptance.
Photography allowed me to regain my childhood memories and fill my new surroundings with imagination. The stories that I lived through my camera greatly impacted my new identity, and helped me accept my children’s adaptation and my own transformation.