16th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
"Edible Immigrants - the Fruits and Vegetables of Mexico" is my portrait
series honoring the culture that travels into our borders. It is my hope that
someday we may welcome the people of Mexico like we do the produce.
But I wanted to do more than revel in the chromatic spectrum. With
"Edible Immigrants," I turned my lens to a symbolic setting. I wanted these
images to be a metaphor of the current controversy about immigration.
This series is similar to others I have done in that it relates to Latino culture.
But I also want to share what I have learned about the origins of the vegetables
and fruits that we enjoy. The gardens of Mexico have given us many flavors that
have adapted to international cuisine. But there are many tastes that are
relatively unknown outside of Mexico.
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