A long time ago I mentioned starting a photo project about the role of food in our lives. Mostly, I was thinking about all the amazing fruit stands in California, farms in the valley, meals with loved ones, and foods in our recipes that create memories filled with family, culture, growth, struggles, laughter, and hope. I thought it would be so cool to somehow ‘show and tell’ these visions of food that ground us with each other. Out of many conversations with amazing people, The Fruta Project was born.
Over the years, I stopped to take photos of fruit stands, farms, art murals, and meals on several California road trips. As the photo albums filled up, my stories started spilling out. I had conversations with friends and family about what the pictures meant to me. It brought me closer to people. We talked not only about food, but also about family, identity, struggles, and hopes. There are some pretty amazing people out there, and food plays an intricate role in how we connect to each other. I believe in creating spaces to preserve and reflect on these connections, as they are happening now.
The Fruta Project is a community-building photo and word project dedicated to food, culture, and identity. The aim is to create a space to explore how food plays an intricate role to connect us with each other.