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Coming Home: Ballet Dancers in the Streets of Puerto Rico by Omar Z. Robles

Omar Z Robles is an Official Fujifilm X-Photographer based in NYC. His interest in storytelling began with one man: Marcel Marceau. The legendary mime actor taught him how to interpret the world through subtle but riveting movements. Those movements that he acquired as a student in Paris, he employs today in his photo series of ballet dancers.

In New York City, he transformed the aesthetic of his street photography by substituting the New Yorker with the New York dancer. Robles directed the dancers to tell stories with their bodies as he had learned from Marceau. The results were an army of miniature stories as told by the gentle flow of the dancers’ bodies.

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Puerto Rican Winter Feast

This comes kinda late, but I really wanted to honor the request I got for this! I tried to do my best picking out things that would be festive, and it was so tough deciding between so many warm and yummy foods!

Thank you everyone who messaged me with recommendations for what to include, it was a big help and a great learning experience for me!!

If you have a family favorite feast that you’d like me to try and pixel into a small collection, please drop me a line and I will try to make some time to give it a draw ♥

May 1st, 2017

A nationwide protest is held in the island of Puerto Rico, by the people fed up with the abuse of the government; both puerto rican and US politicians. After over a decade of belonging to the US, there is not much to show for it. In the past, massacres occurred on the streets of townships, because individuals dared to speak out about the abuse they faced at the hands of the US government. Not much changed, as money flooded into the hands of corrupt political leaders and eventually, the island was drained of its finances and resources.

In the last 2 years, countless schools, hospitals and companies have closed down, as thousands leave the island in diaspora because they simply cannot make a living in their own home. The fiscal control boards, appointed by the US senate, is working on measures to get the money the island “owes” ($72 billion) because we have no right to claim bankruptcy, because we are a colony, not a state; we are property, not people. Now, the government and the board are threatening to cut over $450 million to the university of Puerto Rico (which sits in the top 300 universities in the US), shutting down branches, firing professors, reducing fields of study, raising the price of tuition, etc. Our education is hanging in the balance. Our natural lands are being threatened with demolition, in order to construct tourist attractions. But, what about the people and the natural organisms that call the island home?

Our debt is worth $72 billion, but what are our people, residents of the US, worth?

Is the time alright for a riding habit? Please?

I just totally need that jacket. And the hat. And the cravat.

OK, I also need the horse. With bows. A LOT OF BOWS.

“Portrait of an unknown lady on horseback”, 1785, José Campeche Jordán, Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico.