Culture Shock: Breaking the Boundaries Surrounding Mexican-American Racial Stigma
By: Haleigh Garza
The topic that I chose for my assignment was to create a series of photographs that both recognizes and attempts to counter the racial stereotypes and stigma against Mexican Americans. Mexican- Americans are one of the most underrepresented minority groups yet the stereotypes about them continue to swirl around the underworld of society and go unnoticed. I chose this topic because after writing my demonization module, I became intrigued to learn more about the demonization surrounding Mexican- Americans.In terms of creatives, I really had a difficult time picking what I wanted to tell my story about. I went back and forth on trying to figure out how focused I would make my area of study. I realized that I would have to recognize that there was a problem before I could give solutions to try and counter it. It was very difficult for me to create things, so I figured that it would be easier to look for things that inspired me. I had a vision and knew what I wanted to say, but I just didn’t know how to approach it exactly in a tasteful manner. I then began to think about what and who inspired me. Below are the series of photos that I believe recognize and counter the racial stigma surrounding Mexican Americans.
All of these people, places, and business are prime examples of what racial stigma is all about and how to counter it and essentially defy the odds. All of these people have a story and all share a common theme which is aspiration and achievement at whatever their path or profession is. These photos are inspiring to me because I believe it is important to recognize that there is still a problem happening, and by taking these photos, it gives an insight of how far the Mexican- American people have come and hopefully motivates them to keep moving forward.
All of these photos are taken and edited by me. Most of the photos are just edited to look vibrant and more colorful because a common theme in Mexican American culture is the use of color. I thought it was important to highlight that use of color with my photos. The black and white photos were used to enhance the quality of the pictures and make them more focused. The most difficult part of editing that I made was to try and balance out the shadows and exposure.