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Men in La Familia

Part 2: Family Ritual -- Men (Brothers)

Photography and Text by Javier "Heavy" Francisco
Edited by Therese Cervas

San Diego, California


Javier “Heavy” FranciscoThese images are taken from a work in progress, a photo/ slide projection/ video installation that conceptualizes and presents the family photographs I have taken over the last 7 years. A "family ritual" are two words that visualize these images significance. Being the oldest out of six, children, I was responsible to care for my younger siblings from an early age and stand as an interpreter between my parents and the white world they needed to communicate with. This ritual my family and I have engaged in from an early age, has evolved to a different meaning. This is where I derive the significance of these photographs of my family and why I photograph them continuously. It is the responsibility I carry to look after and care for my family influences my desire to document and capture with my camera the change that may last for a moment or becomes a permanent element. This body of work has influenced my other photographic work and how I frame my subjects. -- Javier "Heavy" Francisco

Rafael cried whenever my vacation time from college came to an end. He would wave bye to me and tears would slowly roll down his face. In those moments I saw the respect and love he had for his big brother. These two photographs disply the love only brothers can share among themselves and understand. -- Javier "Heavy" Francisco

David 9, Javier 21, Rafael 12 -- 1995.
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Rafael 15, David 11, Javier 24 -- 1998.
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Published in In Motion Magazine October 2, 1999.