As it happened on this recent Springtime evening in Albuquerque it wasn’t too hot, and the air was dry because monsoons haven’t thundered in yet, though we have been experiencing hail storms. I found my next subject in the park. She was wearing a fake fur shrug: a sort of vintage-style bolero jacket. It’s a somewhat unusual accessory, and it gave way to my conversation with her. I explained the 100 Strangers project. She thought it would be great fun to be photographed.
This is Divina, 33/100, who told me she is Filipina. She was born and lived in the Philippines, then Japan, then Guam and finally to the mainland United States. She married a military guy and has lived in Albuquerque for 8 years.
“Being a military wife meant that we had to move around a lot.” Divina said. “It’s a lot of work to move [a household] with children. It’s tiring.
“My husband retired from the Air Force and now works for a cable broadband provider. Albuquerque is a good place for me, since I don’t like humidity. My children like it here so I’m glad we don’t have to move this time.” She said.
On a technical note: I used a reflector here to give her eyes some catch light sparkle, warm up her complexion and provide some dimension to that black little jacket. Her back was to the sun.