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San Diego: The Architecture of Four Ecologies

La Jolla Historical Society, La Jolla, California

September 22, 2018 – January 20, 2019

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Selections from the portfolio, Espera y Maravilla | Wait and Wonder

The streets, los calles, of Tijuana, are the Hot Wheels racetrack for God to play with. The second-hand pride of Detroit speed around the city from the colonias to Zona Centro and La Frontera.

And then, when God tires of playing, the heat of the tailpipes and pavement is exhausting. The drivers are forced to sit in their Monte Carlos and Impalas and wait, and wait. Their destinations are no longer in their control, but up to others. All they can do is remain patient, wait and wonder what will be in store for them once they get there, wherever that might be.

The photographs in Espera y Maravilla | Wait and Wonder are from the larger series, Tierra Brava.

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jdc Fine Art, San Diego, California

September 8 – November 30, 2018

Reception:  Saturday, October 20  |  6:00 – 8:00 pm

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Selections from the portfolio, Whispers from the Apple Orchard

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT, as PRESIDENT of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, do hereby make public proclamation to all whom it may concern that an invasion has been perpetrated upon the territory of the United States by Empire of Japan.

And, acting under and by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution of the United States and the said sections of the United States Code, I do hereby further proclaim and direct that the conduct to be observed on the part of the United States toward all natives, citizens, denizens or subjects of Empire of Japan.”

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Proclamation of December 7 and 8, 1941

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As the wind rushes down the slopes of the Eastern Sierras and Mt. Whitney, it gently calms the sage brush and leaves of the oak and elm trees that remain among the cement foundations of the Manzanar city of barracks.

The rising and setting suns over the past seventy years since that day of infamy have blinded the landscape of what was once perpetrated on the nearly 10,000 men, women and children who had been incarcerated because of their Japanese ancestry and heritage. Only slight traces and gestures are left to remind us not to forget.

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