Welcome, Sorry

Welcome, Sorry is about my hunt to find a new place to name home. Being a millennial growing up in the Silicon Valley there is a strong disconnection between me and my hometown, San Jose. I photograph San Jose trying to find a new association, and I photograph new cities to find a placed to be welcomed. Growing up my parents tried to teach me a healthy apprehension toward Downtown San Jose. My sister hated it, talked about how dirty and gross it was. Then I started to travel and grow a desire to explore and document the world. I started to live all around California and finally came home to San Jose in 2014. I realized that I wasn’t that familiar with my hometown and I started to finally understand and explore San Jose. I always thought of San Jose as home. Like my hometown would always be there and available to me. Moving back, deciding to become an artist, and seeing the reality of San Jose I realized just how untrue that idea is. I don’t want to live here for the rest of my life but I selfishly want the option to be able to call my hometown home forever. I’ll be able to look back at this time in my life as when I really got to grow into my art and find a new love for my hometown while at the same time trying to find a new place so I can leave it. Welcome, Sorry is San Jose’s new mantra to me and many others who can’t survive in the rising home cost and people who expect photographers to work for free. It is my diary of home and my way to cope with San Jose and the way it is changing and growing further and further away from me.