It's the fourth of July, I'm at Boston's Logan Airport, and I have a one way ticket out of the U.S.A.
Starting today I will travel through Latino America and for a short time, some of Europe. There is no return date. Just one suitcase, one carry on, a passport and myself.
At first I chose this date to travel because of the cheap flights. Now though, I can't help but to think about how much of a stunt that is. In a world that continues to be more and more polarized and more importantly, in a country that continues to become isolated and less responsible, I have to be aware. I have to know what role I play in this life, as a global citizen and as a human being. To this degree, I will address the timing of this trip that I am set to embark on.
Apart from widening my understanding, perspective, and world view as a U.S. born Latina. I am traveling through several countries in Latino America for multiple reasons I will reveal later, but the most influential ones I see is refocusing, self growth, and empowerment. While working for some incredible organizations over the last few years post art school, I learned and strengthened important skills, and gained valuable experiences. They all left a huge impact on me and have molded me into a better and more empathic person overall. Nonetheless, I wasn't feeling completely fulfilled. I didn't take the time to develop those parts and aspects of my life that needed to mature a little better. So here I am actually making the huge leap and SCARY decision to take some time off, accomplish this life goal of traveling alone through Latino America and working on myself and my creative projects while doing it.
Welcome to my blog page, where I hope to share all my experiences, stories, work in photography and film or video while traveling. My name is Diana, I'm an artist, photographer, and filmmaker. Myself and many other loved ones have pushed me to record what I hope will be an incredible, liberating trip through the "venas abiertas de Latino America". I won't be able to travel ALL of Latino America but I hope this year's journey will be a great start. This blog helps me be accountable to all of what I want to accomplish. Not to mention, it will also help to ease my parent's worry!
I don't know how personal, how political, or how focused this blog should be. I do know that I would just like to make this as true to me as I can. This means learning how to navigate the multiple interests and complexities of mine and reflecting them in the most accurate, appropriate way. As well as depicting each visit, place, or location in a true way. I hope that it will also help me get over the feeling of shame when sharing your life or your work publicly on social media or the web. We're gonna werq some things out here, let's see how I do. Tlazocamati to all the beautiful ones that wished me the best, made time for me, or helped me feel loved and comforted. Please keep up if you'd like, feel free to provide feedback or comment on anything posted and expect weekly posts from me. xo.
First stop, la madre patria. Barcelona, España. Nos vemos Chicago.
Photo: Chicago, 2016