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“Imagine the weight of a puff of cotton, insubstantial, almost light enough to send flying with a single breath. How many are in a 450-pound bale of cotton? How about three thousand four hundred and sixty six bales–more than 1.5 million pounds? And what if most of it had been grown and picked by slaves, and used by a single company in 1859? What if there was an entire city filled with these companies?“ full article

 fabric samples from the textile factories of David Sands Brown (c. 1800-1877)

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Textli Gallegos

Age 16

Exposures

Eagle Rock

“Together But Apart”

This photo means a lot to me because my parents are divorced and they do not always get along, but taking photos of them brought them together for a few moments. I took a lot of photos of them, some serious, others that conveyed happiness through jokes and laughter. The memories behind this photo prove that two completely different people can work together to achieve something they both believe in. In this case, I was that something that they believed and still believe in. They set their differences aside in order to help me and they even had fun doing it. My parents are always there for me. Even though they both show their love and support in different ways, I always know they want what is best for me.

My full name is Tayecana-Tletextli Gorocica Gallegos, but I go by Textli (Teshlee). I am a senior at LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). I have a passion for both theatre and photography. When I grow up I want to be a professional working actress and photographer. I am very involved with and I am proud of my Native/Indigenous culture. My life has been very eventful and I cannot wait to see what it has in store for me once I am out of high school and in the “real world.”

I have been with Las Fotos for about two years now. I can honestly say that these past two years have been amazing. I have received so many opportunities in this program and I am excited to see the many other opportunities that are coming. One of the biggest opportunities that Las Fotos Project has given me is to discover myself as a photographer. Before LFP I liked taking photos but I never thought about doing it as a profession. Now I love photographing people and I am already on my way to making it a career.

“Juntos Pero Separados”

Esta foto significa mucho para mi por que mis papás están divorciados y no siempre se llevan bien, tomando estas fotos de ellos los reunió por unos momentos. Tome varias fotos de ellos, unas serias y otras más alegres con humor y risa. Los recuerdos de esta foto comprueban que dos personas completamente diferentes pueden olvidar sus diferencias por algo en que los dos son partidarios. En este caso, yo fuí y sigo siendo esa razón. Olvidaron sus diferencias y hasta lograron divertirse un poco. Mis papás siempre están a mi lado. Aunque demuestran su amor y apoyo en diferentes maneras, se que ambos quieren lo mejor para mi.

Mi nombre completo es Tayecana-Tletextli Gorocica Gallegos, pero todos me llaman Textli. Soy estudiante en el último año en LA County High School for the Arts (LACHSA). Tengo una pasión por el teatro y la fotografía. Cuando sea grande espero ser actriz y fotógrafa. Estoy muy involucrada y orgullosa de mi cultura nativa e indígena. Mi vida a sido muy azarosa y estoy ansiosa por ver que mas me espera en en el camino ya que logré graduarme y empiece mi “vida real”.

Estado con Las Fotos Project for dos años. Honestamente puedo decir que estos dos años han sido maravillosos. E recibido tantas oportunidades y hay más todavía por llegar. Una de las oportunidades más grandes que Las Fotos Project me a dado es que me pueda descubrir a mi misma como fotógrafa. Antes de LFP me gustaba tomar fotos pero nunca había pensado dedicarme a eso como carrera. Ahora me encanta tomar fotos de la gente y estoy en camino para hacer una carrera de mi pasión.