1 month ago

Karla (@kchete77) writes about life, death and the balancing act of work and family on the Runa blog. Please check out the link in my profile. THANKS!!!

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2 months ago

Jeniffer Sanchez stands in the Olvera St. Plaza after performing with a group of Aztec dancers, called Xipe Totec, on Día de los Muertos, 2017. She is dressed as Mictlantecuhtli, the ruler of the underworld. Jeniffer (@indigitalproductions) has been dancing since the age of 9 and uses dance as a form of storytelling. She will be performing at the Day of the Dead Festival in La Plaza de la Raza in LA. This photo was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @kchete77. To see more photos check the link in my profile. at Olvera Street Plaza

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2 months ago

Kenneth, known as Rabbit, is reflected in a mirror in his home underneath a bridge in a homeless community on the LA River. “I’ve been in and out of prison the whole f*cking time. Because of the injury I couldn’t work, so I’d go out and do crime...go to prison for 2 or 3 years, come back out...go back to work, can’t do it or get strung out...that’s why I had to f*cking start criming and working.” Kenneth has spent half of his life in prison. He battles with addiction to heroin and crystal meth. #WhereTheConcreteMeetsTheJungle, #walkingthelawash, @runa_photos at Los Angeles, California

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3 months ago

After sitting through a long Mass for their first Communion, these girls in La Puente, California, get to play outside. Nearly half of Latinos in the United States identify as Roman Catholic, while a fifth identify as evangelical Protestants. This photos was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @kchete77. Karla and Ivan’s photos were published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” Please check the link in my profile to see the feature and visit karlagachet.com and ivankphoto.com to see more photos. Thanks!!! Special thanks to Maricela! @mariachilindasmexicanas at La Puente, California

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4 months ago

Sandy Ramos visits her brother's grave with her family in Rowland Heights, California, in October of 2017. Sandy (@sandymaxxine) lives in East Los Angeles in the heart of gang territory. She has visited her brother, Marco, every Sunday since he was killed in 2016. Sandy wrote, “My brother’s death has changed my life forever. Sitting at the cemetery every Sunday brings me peace and sanity. His presence is missed in every aspect of life, especially his smile and his hugs.” - Sandy is attending Cal State LA where she is studying criminal justice. Operation Street Kidz (@operationstreetkidz), an organization dedicated to helping kids in the inner city, has mentored Sandy for 11 years. This photos was shot #onassignment for @natgeo with @kchete77. Karla and Ivan’s photos were published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” Please check the link in my profile (@ivankphoto) to see the feature and visit karlagachet.com and ivankphoto.com to see more photos. Thanks!!! at Rowland Heights, California

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4 months ago

I photographed these tomatoes right before Silvia packed them into bags to be given away in Pasadena, California. Silvia volunteers at the Food Pantry, which provides food for more than 300 households a week, including Silvia’s. #onassignment, @feedingamerica, @lafoodbank at Pasadena, California

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Silvia Zúniga, mother of four, stands with her son, Aaron, in Pasadena, California. Silvia volunteers at the Food Pantry, which provides food for more than 300 households a week, including Silvia’s. Aaron, who has cerebral palsy, often accompanies her when she volunteers. #onassignment, @feedingamerica, @lafoodbank at Pasadena, California

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Raúl Luna, 61, works on a combine collecting sweet peas in Wilder, Idaho, in July of 2017. He came to the US from Jalisco, Mexico, as a young man. Latinos came to Wilder as migrant farmworkers in the second half of the twentieth century. Now, Wilder is 76 percent Latino, and in 2015 it had an all-Latino city council. Karla and Ivan’s photos were published in the July 2018 issue in the feature: “How Latinos Are Shaping America’s Future.” Please check the link in my profile to see the feature and visit karlagachet.com and ivankphoto.com to see more photos. Thanks!!! at Wilder, Idaho

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