Considering the growing economic inequality in the world, it makes sense that we hear a lot about privilege. A friend defines privilege as being able to drink your tap water. I define privilege as access to jobs, money, power, mobility, safety, experience and education.
I started learning Spanish in college when I was 19, and as my second language it’s given me a lot of privilege. I’ve lived and traveled in many Spanish-speaking countries, and before I became a fulltime photographer I was a Spanish professor.
Last month I had the privilege to photograph Hogar del Niño in the Dominican Republic. The privately funded school educates and teaches life skills to over 1,700 vulnerable and underprivileged toddlers, children and teens. In a country where poverty, violence and inequality are often the norm, these children are privileged to attend Hogar del Niño. www.hogardelnino.com