Meet Gloria

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I am a sophomore from Houston, Texas majoring in Cultural Anthropology.  Art has always been an important part of my life. I believe art can be the spark of inspiration to foster the changes needed in the world.  I don’t know exactly what I want to pursue as a career, but I am certain that I want to find a way to use my photography to benefit others.  With one click, a camera can capture a fleeting moment, in all its emotions, voices, and stories.  And a camera can make visible those previously unseen by the broader population.

I had mixed feelings when I first found out about our class project on homelessness.  How could I relate to someone who had lived an entirely different life from mine?  Would I be able to tell his/her story in a way that could move people? I now see that I shouldn’t have worried.  I had the opposite problem when I started my project. Each person I met was a unique individual, and I had a hard time trying to decide whose story to attempt to tell. I really had to listen to my intuition, and when I met Gloria, I knew immediately.  Despite serious time constraints, Gloria and I quickly became comfortable with each other.  Though we have lived very different lives and have had very different experiences, I feel a deep connection with her and hope she does for me.  Her positive attitude is contagious and her genuine appreciation for all things in life constantly makes me reflect on my own life.  Throughout the project, I think we have both learned from each other and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

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