Monthly Archive for December, 2016

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iSushi

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Day 8 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico Dinner at iSushi, a restaurant in Condado, Puerto Rico where one browses the menu and orders digitally via touchscreen. There is minimal interaction with the staff. Very strange, yet fascinating concept. Service at the palm of your hand.

Dining table

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Day 7 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico I visited my dad this afternoon. The dining room table is always set, as if he were expecting company, but nobody ever comes over for meals here. The napkins on the table are Bounty paper towels. That is his favorite brand of paper towel (I can’t argue). I don’t see my dad on a regular basis. Our father/daughter relationship is rocky. I am currently working on a photo series where I discuss this and other complicated issues. Today was a nice visit. He showed me the plants that he’s been growing in his garden. In this image he’s trying to get the TV to work…no luck.

1st assistant

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Day 6 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico A focus puller, or 1st assistant camera, is a member of the camera department in a film crew whose primary responsibility is to maintain image sharpness and keep the lens focused during filming. My mom drapes this cloth over her head to block out all of the background light, or anything that will distract her. It’s such a strange pose…as if she were using a 4×5 camera.

PR pride

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Day 5 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico At @lacuevadelmarpr Christmas party. My friend @2nosabe showing me his love for our Island. “Yo seria borincano aunque naciera en la luna.”

Marathon

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Day 5 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico I ran a 5k early this morning. I love running, but I don’t enjoy these kinds of events. I don’t like crowds, and I am easily distracted when exercising around a lot of people. I prefer solo sports like swimming. I did this one for my dad. He asked me to join him because the purpose of this 5k is to raise awareness to stop child abuse. As a child, every time I got rid of old clothes and toys, my dad always made sure to donate them to mistreated children’s shelters. Unfortunately my grandmother, his mother, used to hit her kids for scolding purposes. I was never hit as a child, and I’m sure my dads upbringing had something to do with this. The goal is to learn from our parents mistakes…to become better people because of them.

Frutas

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Day 4 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico A man selling fruit salad and other snacks out of the trunk of his car. 10:51pm, Santurce, PR.

Cutting caoba

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Day 4 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico Spent the afternoon learning about wood with my friend Gabriel Maldonado. Here, he is cutting a piece of caoba (mahogany).

Live concert

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Day 3 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico This was extremely magical. Definitely a night to remember. Somehow, I ended up on stage with El Gran Combo, one of Puerto Rico’s greatest salsa orchestras. They have been together for over 50 years! The second I stepped foot on stage, they started playing my favorite song, “arroz con habichuelas.” Feeling extremely lucky, happy and blessed!

Jesus

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Day 3 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico

Jacobo Morales

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Day 3 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico I had the pleasure of running into Jacobo Morales today while visiting my mom at work. She works as a focus puller in the film industry in PR. Jacobo is a very well known Puerto Rican director, actor, writer, filmmaker…one of those people who does it all. He’s so sweet. I remember first meeting him when I was about 8 years old. He had a pet turtle (at the time)!