By: Carlita Lopez
Taken in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx, this old-school Bodega has been in this community for generations. This photo speaks of the rare sight it is to see bodegas like this still standing, many of them owned by Dominican families which immigrated to the US.
The Country Club soda, A pop art twist on Country Club soda, a Dominican staple with almost any meal.
Taken in the predominantly Dominican community of Inwood, NYC (Nagle Ave.) Countless generations of Dominicans immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life arriving to Inwood and Washington Heights, mostly during the 1990s.
Taken during the Dominican day parade on 5th Ave. in Midtown Manhattan. This annual parade showcases the culture and beauty the Dominican Republic has to share. Los Andulleros de Santiago, hailing from Santiago, travel across the U.S. representing the Carnaval culture that exists all over the Dominican RepublicTaken in the predominantly Dominican community of Inwood, NYC (Nagle Ave.) Countless generations of Dominicans immigrated to the U.S. in search of a better life arriving to Inwood and Washington Heights, mostly during the 1990s.
About Carlita Lopez:
I do photography/portraits that are based on my upbringing as a Dominican Girl in the BX. My photos take on a pop art twist to regular everyday items and views you usually see in our Uptown communities. This brings personal memories and nostalgia to the viewer. I travel around NYC visiting different communities and capture the ever changing landscape of our city.
Much of my work comes from my daily experiences, from visiting my local bodega to the Country Club soda I grew up drinking. My main method is “Staying Present”, and I try to capture the genuine moment. Natural lighting, colors, and patterns always call my attention. Most importantly, my reason for doing photography is to capture history by documenting important things in our communities which are changing day by day, needs to be documented for generations to come.