Met Joaquín while walking around Luquillo with the 4x5 camera, not too long after María. He insisted that i took photos of his house while talking to his neighbors who agreed on doing some carpentry work to repair his house, I was ready to bounce but of course I agreed, so we walk to the house, beach is right next to us, he talks to me about his love life, past divorces, and someone he’s dating.

We get there and I setup the camera to get a straight-on façade shot, dialed in the exposure, got the film ready and waited for a while until I took this shot of them looking up at the missing roof panels, a reminder of the flow of water, the adjustments that we make in our lives, and transformation cultivating resiliency.


As I started the project with houses near me, I stumbled upon this house with a beautiful blue door showing orange highlights in its crevices from not being painted throughly, and painteresque pillars from weathered paint and vegetation sediment. Performing the purpose of the typical Caribbean balcony at its best, I stood out calling for someone’s attention for 10 minutes until someone came out, the son of Lola, original owner of the house, we chatted as I took photographs. Now I pass the house while driving and see it transformed into a bar & grill.


The very first house documented, uninhabited, but within the grounds of a dairy farm owned by the Nevares.


With my sister, talking to one of the most hospitable persons who offered us to take cover from the sudden pouring rain, we could tell what a warm person we encountered by the unique hanging craft decor she made for her trees. She offered us Tang juice, I hadn’t have one of those since I was a child.

I had this image in my mind, still un-photographed, and told them I could not leave without taking it, and that it was perfect the way it was, but she couldn't help but to tidy up a little and at least remove the broom she had hanging out next to the doorway.


A house that overall reflects the international style with decorative concrete balusters, this is one of the government-issued houses as a result of the PRRA  (Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration). Generally people would pay their property with a daily 30¢ payment to later fulfill its $1,500 total value.

The family lives on a more recently built house next to this one. In its disuse, I was completely captivated by the soil gradating onto the blue balusters


The house of Carlo’s grandmother in Manatí, in the process of being repainted and rehabilitated to house an exhibition following his studies on Manatí’s urban layout, with vision to reinvent life of a city that has been in decadence in the past years due to erratic urban planning in the island. For more information on Carlo's project, visit @barrioization

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