Response to “Poetic License” by Simon Schorno
The life of Manazar Gamboa is documented and acted out in this film, “Poetic License”, to show the culture and background he came from. Which later, influenced his choices to become a poet and playwright provoking a platform for a stance on social problems, along with giving back to his community through student outreach programs. The film itself captured the essence of Gamboa by giving small flashbacks of significant childhood memories to  exaggerated ones, while simultaneously introducing his black and white organic image. Attached to his childhood stories is a behind the scene history of the displacement of the Chavez Ravine, Gamboa’s community, by the Dodger stadium. The film revolves around this problem that struck down his community and provides the audience with a sense of guilt for not knowing the effect of a consumerism based sport.
Article by Eris De La Torre

“With Flare” embodies the nature that surrounds my community in WilmingtonCalifornia. For myself this body of work could not have hit any closer to home. Thelocations of these photographs were all taken within a one-mile radius from thehome I grew up in. The inevitable issue that comes to mind as I sit with this body ofwork is environmental racism. Environmental racism is real and it is an underliningissue that has and continues to affect the health and well being of my community.What I find interesting about the flares in these images are how subtle yet profoundthey are being represented. To those who are not surrounded by the flareseveryday, the statures of the flares become grand. But, when you live with themeveryday like myself, they’re like another piece of gum on the sidewalk. We tend togive them no attention, that’s up until you step on a piece and ruin your newzapatos. The question I’m left with as I wrap up my response is, how many zapatosdo we really have to ruin until we get mad at the real problem?
Article by Marlene Tafoya

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