Posted on June 24, 2015
I always thought reptile owners were eccentric people. Then, one sunny spring evening, a adolescent green iguana appeared outside my apartment causing every single neighbor to wow and comment, yet, none of them seemed to be excited to host the cold blooded animal until it’s owner showed up.
I have hosted chickens, cats, birds, dogs, fish and all kinds of rodents before so giving a roof and proper living conditions to the docile iguana hanging out on my railing didn’t seemed too complicated.
Little did I know that reptiles require a completely different kind of attention with special humidity and temperatures, that green iguanas are one of the United State’s most abandoned pets, or that I was soon to become one of those eccentric people.
By week three the Iguana was named Patience (not to be confused with “Precious”) and I decided to take down all of the ads Alex and I posted to find the original owner. The ad didn’t help us find the owner, but it did introduce us to a caring community of reptile lovers. We are still very thankful to all of the strangers that called to tell us all they knew about what we needed to do to keep her healthy and happy.
Patience grew on us and became part of our family. One year and a half went by and we became more and more enchanted by the green climber family member. But things changed, and Alex and I needed to move temporarily and couldn’t take her with us. The process of finding her a good home was hard because we were pretty picky. Luckily we found her the perfect place, with a garden, another iguana, and an iguana expert and lover as her new family. It was really hard to let her go and I wish she was still with us. Sometimes, the right thing to do is to give the ones you love a better home even if that home is not with you.
I always thought that pet photography was something for cheesy people. Yet now, I’m sharing photos I took of Alex, Patience and I. I wanted some pretty pictures to remember our short time together. Yes, I am very happy I did them, I hold no guilt or embarrassment.
What is to be eccentric or cheesy after all? They are just definitions that keep us in a box.
May we always challenge and redefine our judgments.Maybe by doing so we’ll find new ways to see and to love.
Posted on June 11, 2015
For the opening reception of Dream Chronicles at the Laguna Gallery Of Contemporary Art, I decided to create an installation. Why? I wanted the people that came to leave with an experience. I wanted to make it not only about the pictures on the walls but about how we all build and create stories in our day to day lives, and about how we all play different characters depending on the situation.
The installation was simple: a white little chair, a hanging cloud, a slideshow projector and and an invitation to “step in” to this square space with a missing wall .
Below are some of the images that were taken that night. Thank you to all the different characters for being part of the story!
Posted on June 10, 2015
One month after getting the green light for the exhibition, after choosing and selecting from all my portfolio images, after picking only 11 photographs, after countless hours of Skype time with the usual Uruguayan support team, after meeting new friends and mentors that guide me along the way, after printing and framing in Vienna…yes Vienna, Austria…, after frequent drives from San Diego to Laguna, after coming up with an installation two weeks before the show, after finding all the right elements for the installation: corky chair, material to make a cloud and a slides projector from who knows what year, after Christiana (the gallery director) tore out walls and built a whole new space within the gallery, after a lot of nerves, after wondering how everything was going to come together, after getting out of my comfort zone too many times, after inviting old friends, new friends, friends of friends, future friends and beautiful strangers, after all that, it all came together for four hours in one night. It was a wild, fast and love filled ride.
Thank you to all of the kind friends that joined us during the journey and on that day. Making things happen together is what makes it all worthwhile. Together we can make magic!