October 2017, I was commissioned by Teen Vogue to travel from Miami, Florida to Oaxaca, Mexico to take a single portrait of a young woman. The trip was meant to be a quick 3 day in and out - land, shoot the next day, leave the following morning. I contemplated staying, as I thought, "when would I ever be back here?" That's when I saw Day of The Dead/Día De Los Muertos was coming up, which I had never experienced or understood. Although I am Puerto Rican, the tradition is not something we celebrate. I changed my ticket, and ultimately stayed 40 days by myself, falling in love with the holiday and culture so much, that I returned in 2018, and plan on doing so every year. I had never seen people celebrate death in such a magnificent way - the vibrancy of the marigolds, the elaborate costumes -- I built connections with families, people off the street, and workers of the cemeteries, known as 'Panthéons,' to gain access and understand more of this incredible tradition.