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My First Photo Exhibition in Cabo Verde

My first exhibition in Cabo Verde was poignant for me because, well, it was in Cabo Verde, the country of my ancestors, the country I now call home, the country I adore. It was also a special night because my exhibition was a joint event alongside a launch for the groundbreaking Capeverdean Creole-English Dictionary which features some of my photographs. The crowd included many quasi-family members, friends and colleagues and even the country’s first and current prime ministers attended and enjoyed. More important than photograph and book sales was the support and love that the Dictionary team and I received. Oh what a night!

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Long Weekend in Dakar & Goree Island, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

Les Almadies, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Goree Island, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Dakar, Senegal

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Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

Goree Island, Senegal

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Goree Island, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal

Homecoming: My Photography Show at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center in RI

My photography show at the Cape Verdean Progressive Center in East Providence, Rhode Island was, for me, like coming back home. Although I was raised in Connecticut, I was born in Providence and much of my family has always been based there, so Providence has always been my second home. It is also where I would go to refill on doses of my Cape Verdean American culture which, thanks to my parents’ upbringing, has always been very important to me. On October 6th, so many people who are dear to me came out to see my work, to see me and to see each other, as well as to support Cape Verde for Life. The energy and love in the room were overwhelming. It was truly a night to remember.

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Zerui Depina and Candida Rose graced us with their musical talent - the perfect touch!!

Zerui Depina and Candida Rose graced us with their musical talent – the perfect touch!!

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The Zerui worked the crowd in which he had many friends including Laurinda Barros and Fina Silva Galvao

Then Zerui worked the crowd in which he had many friends including Laurinda Barros and Fina Silva Galvao whom I adore.

and Crystal Dickinson (my Bestie from high school days!)

Zerui with Crystal Dickinson (my Bestie from high school days!)

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Brandon Dirden joined his wife Crystal and they drove from Boston where they were doing a show

My childhood Bestie Michelle came all the way from CT...

My childhood Bestie Michelle came all the way from CT…

and so did my Godson Terrence and my "Second Mom" Jeanette

and so did my Godson Terrence and my “Second Mom” Jeanette

My Godmother Susan ran the business side of things for the evening

My Godmother/Auntie Susan ran the business side of things for the evening. She is the best! In fact, all of my RI aunts — Lorraine, Elaine, Onna and Carol — were there too, but for some reason I was never able to capture a photo of them. Love them all – they are super supportive!

My Godfather Billie came too and so did his wife (not pictured here) and two daughters, Gina and Maria

My Godfather Billie came too and so did his wife (not pictured here) and my Godsisters Gina and Maria

My adopted aunts, Barbara and Lolly were there...

My adopted aunts, Barbara and Lolly were there…

and helped arrange this lovely food display.

and helped arrange this lovely food display.

My cousin Jay came...

My cousin Jay came…

as did his wife (not pictured), son (not pictured) and daughters

as did his wife (not pictured), son (not pictured) and daughters.

My cousin Sherry came all the way from NY.

My cousin Sherry came all the way from NY.

My father, Joey, was of course there and helped promote and set up (as always) and Lucy came out to support.

My father, Joey, was of course there and helped promote and set up (as always), and Lucy came out to support.

Rachel, whom I had not seen since we were together in Cape Verde a year ago, came too.

Rachel, whom I had not seen since we were together in Cape Verde a year ago, came too.

My cousin Sherry who is my top collector/supporter and my mother Julie AKA my Momager who holds it down not just for shows like this but with the business while I am across the Atlantic.

My cousin Sherry who is my top collector/supporter and my mother Julie AKA my “Momager” who holds it down not just for shows like this but with the entire business while I am across the Atlantic.

New CV friends came out...

New CV friends came out…

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My buddy from way back Brian Smith was there with his cutie pie daughter

My buddy from way back, Brian Smith was there with his cutie pie daughter

...and saw a couple of friends of his including my cousin Traci

…and saw a couple of friends of his including my cousin Traci Gomes

Claire Andrade-Watkins, creator of the documentary Some Funny Kind of Puerto Rican, and artist Denny Ramos came out, too

Claire Andrade-Watkins, creator of the documentary Some Funny Kind of Puerto Rican, and artist Denny Ramos came out, too

But what photography show and/or CV event would be complete without photographer Ronald Barboza?

But what photography show and/or CV event would be complete without photographer Ronald Barboza? As I said that night, he gives me something to aspire to

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I am embarrassed to say I got a little choked up...

I am embarrassed to admit that for a moment I got a little choked up…

But most of the night was upbeat and even joyous.

But most of the night was upbeat and even joyous.

AND THE FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHS ….

Vista de Cidade Velha - Santiago, Cape Verde 2013

Vista de Cidade Velha – Santiago, Cape Verde 201

Girl on Rooftop – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Boa Vista Boy - Boa Vista, Cape Verde 1998

Boa Vista Boy – Boa Vista, Cape Verde 1998

Stained Glass Door - Sao Vicente 2013

Stained Glass Door – Sao Vicente 2013

Port of Mindelo - Sao Vicente, Cape Verde 2012

Port of Mindelo – Sao Vicente, Cape Verde 2012

Kriola in an Orange Scarf - Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Kriola in an Orange Scarf – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Santiago Sunflower - Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Santiago Sunflower – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Boy in Doorway - Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Boy in Doorway – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Porta de Cidade Velha - Santiago, Cape Verde 2013

Porta de Cidade Velha – Santiago, Cape Verde 2013

Strolling Along - Brava, Cape Verde 2013

Strolling Along – Brava, Cape Verde 2013

Santo Antao Montanha - Santo Antao, Cape Verde 2012

Santo Antao Montanha – Santo Antao, Cape Verde 2012

Bean Bag - Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Bean Bag – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Lone Fisherman - Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Lone Fisherman – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Man and His Donkey - Fogo, Cape Verde 2012

Man and His Donkey – Fogo, Cape Verde 2012

Brava With Fogo in Background - Brava, Cape Verde 2013

Brava With Fogo in Background – Brava, Cape Verde 2013

Soledao - Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Soledao – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Fogo Laundry Day I - Fogo, Cape Verde 2012

Fogo Laundry Day I – Fogo, Cape Verde 2012

Maio Boatman - Maio, Cape Verde 2013

Maio Boatman – Maio, Cape Verde 2013

Dona in Dots - Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

Dona in Dots – Santiago, Cape Verde 2012

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS

Sweet Door - Obidos, Portugal 2007

Sweet Door – Obidos, Portugal 2007

Sitting and Waiting - Cartagena, Colombia 2009

Sitting and Waiting – Cartagena, Colombia 2009

Blue Door - Sekondi, Ghana 2008

Blue Door – Sekondi, Ghana 2008

Docked – Takoradi, Ghana 2008

Chain Gang - Cape Coast, Ghana 2008

Chain Gang – Cape Coast, Ghana 2008

Lucky Door - Dongpo Village, China 2012

Lucky Door – Dongpo Village, China 2012