Portrait

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A long time ago, every afternoon per week, I would always go with my father to eat at La Bombonera in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. That place was special. My father (a classical music composer) used to gather with other artists and friends (at that time, for me, they were more or les boring people). While my father talked with them, I eat a delicious ‘Mallorca con mantequilla’ (it’s like a big, round, piece of bread with butter in the middle and white sugar powder on top). I would sat down and wait for the waiter, an old man with a classic waiter outfit. Fifteen years later, I meet one of them in a Puerto Rican bar in Brooklyn. I didn’t remember him, but suddenly he told me he used to work a long time ago at La Bombonera. At that moment I recognized his face and his strong gaze. Now he lives in Brooklyn, NY and goes every afternoon to the same bar to talk with his friend. This is @alvarosski (from Puerto Rico) posting on Burn Diary

Light

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Late last night, the bar turned on the light. We were the last to be in there. The music felt good, but sudenly the sound was different. The wind was the only thing we were listening on the street. I went up my gaze and saw that image I’ve never seen before in my life. This is @alvarosski posting on Burn Diary.

Mirror

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In the middle of winter she stopped on the street. The wind made the weather colder but she took the mirror to look at herself. The sun was out but the little light in the sky illuminated a little bit. Her face and hands were freezing. She is the new generation of Puerto Rican immigrants in NYC. This is @alvarosski posting on Burn Diary. #brooklyn #newyork

Puetrorican bar in BK

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Hi everyone, here’s Alvaro Aponte Centeno @alvarosski taking over burn diary for the next days. On my journey as a writer and emerging film director, I have found in photography a tool to create and discover other stories. It has helped me to capture moments, places and atmospheres that I use as an inspiration to sit down and write a narrative with the purpose of finishing a screenplay. For me photography has become much more than that. Right now is a tool to express what I feel and live. Contrary to film that you work with a lot of people; in photography it’s just the camera and me capturing the moment. I always have a camera to take pictures of strangers, friends and family who are around me. In this pic a woman smokes outside of a puertorrican bar at Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. They are some of the puertorricans that still live in that area right after gentrification had pushed their community of boricuas (puertorricans) out of Williamsburg. Thanks @davidalanharvey and @diegorlando for inviting me!!!

Last post

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A portrait of a beautiful woman as a farewell in my last post. Thank you very much for this opportunity and your support. Both are indispensable for growth, specially for a project that I’m working on in my home country, Bolivia @mariadanielbalcazar for @burndiary #documentary #portrait #photojournalism