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A Suspension of Perception

Christine Breslin | CT, United States

Marilyn, Mexico

A Suspension of Perception is a project exploring the Latino immigration experience from 2017-2020. This project is meant to reveal our human commonality and reflects my perceptions of this country’s suspicion of “The Other.”The project was made using the 19th-century, historic wet plate collodion process, and a large-format camera. I also conducted video interviews with the subjects.

The United States is a nation of immigrants. The recent surge of migrants across the Mexican border reinforces the fact that people will do almost anything to secure a better life for themselves and their families. Our lack of tolerance is targeted at anyone perceived as being different.

My interest in the immigrant experience began with my daughter. In 1989, a turbulent time in Colombia’s history, I traveled from Connecticut to South America to adopt Mariah. From the moment I held her in my arms my life changed. I was opened to new experiences with Latino families. Their warmth and affection was a marked shift from my Irish Catholic upbringing and has captivated me ever since.

I wanted to use the wet plate collodion process which is similar in age to the history of immigration in the U.S. Using the 19th-century technique gives this contemporary topic an historic feel.

Since then, I have traveled to the Texas-Mexican Border and have photographed some of the people who crossed the international bridge and stayed at the Catholic Respite Center in McAllen TX for a few days before they left for their families in the US.<>

Christine Breslin

7 Foxcroft Road

West Hartford, CT 06119




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