On January 5th I had the great honor of photographing the inauguration events for the new Mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza. Working with my assistant, John Tavares, we documented the day’s events from the swearing-in ceremony to the inaugural party.
As I followed Jorge Elorza throughout the day I kept thinking about what he had already accomplished in his life. Elorza, whose parents immigrated to Rhode Island from Guatemala, attended Providence public schools, then URI, followed by Harvard Law School. I was witnessing the “American Dream”; what an inspiring role model Elorza is for the young and the old.
Through the camera I was capturing the events as they unfolded during the day but in my mind I was also thinking about the past and the future. I was witnessing more than just the Inauguration of a new Mayor. City hall had changed. The city was changing. A new wave of ethnic minorities were now settling and thriving in Rhode Island.