Puerto Rico

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Bathroom Mirror

Bathroom Mirror Photograph by Giovanni Arroyo

As the first snow has fallen in the Chicago area and a few months of cold weather ahead, this is what I saw in my bathroom mirror this morning. Beautiful clouds, the setting sun reflecting off the ocean and me taking a photo on a cliff near Jobos beach in Puerto Rico. Every time I look in the mirror and I can see Puerto Rico inside me. There is nothing I do that doesn’t reflect a piece of my heritage.

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Door in old San Juan, Puerto Rico
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I love old San Juan Puerto Rico. The diverse  cultural influences on the oldest city in the United States really makes this city a photographer’s paradise. Ever corner you turn, or small cobblestone street you go down provides you with tons of photo opportunities. I can’t wait to head back this summer if I can and hope to share a lot more photos.

Policia
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Policia

Policia

One of the skills of street photography is noticing your surroundings. Being able to pay attention to what is going on and anticipating an action is vital. In order to capture this photo of one of the police officers in old San Juan, Puerto Rico I needed to be patient. The contrast and colors of the old buildings he was standing by was impressive, but his pose was not. I initially noticed him when I walked past on the opposite side of the street, from there it was just being observant of his actions. I noticed he would occasionally relax for a moment or two in this door way. I wanted to capture this officer not looking as intimidating as he did walking up and down the block. Who knows what he is going to have to use next, the umbrella or the pistol? read more