These images are of Maria, the aunt of Augustin Cruz. While photographing him, she made sure to get in on the action. Like many elderly with little economic resource, she ends up living out of various homes of family members from Boston to PR to Florida. Maria is a widow who lost her husband a year ago and her only son several years ago. She was very adamant about being photographed with her Obama t-shirt and James Dean purse as she was about me capturing her with her favorite doll.
Eli lives in one of the last residential buildings in Hunts Point before the industrial area takes over. For the most part she enjoys living where she is surrounded by trucks and factories because by the late afternoon everything is quiet.
Real Life Church in Hunts Point in 2009. Although their church has grown in the last couple of years, they still have no permanent space for regular services. Parishioners come from all over the city to attend services on sunday mornings in borrowed space out of the Hunts Point Recreation Center. For the community, Real Life Church offers leadership opportunities for the youth, free food and toiletries every sunday and Thanksgiving, and a sense of belonging.