I put together this collection of photos as a tribute to the places that are part of my life and feel like home. For me, home is both places and emotions. That is why I included photos of the physical places and descriptions of my memories there. Since moving from Peru to the US two years ago, I’ve been reflecting on my sense of identity and what home means to me. I know that many people who immigrate feel this way. This piece sends the message that it’s okay if you feel like you come from more than one place or have more than one home.
Florencia Micaela Pinto
Florencia Micaela Pinto is a senior in high school. She was born in September 2003 in Queens, New York and spent her childhood in Peru. At the age of 14, she returned to New York to complete her studies. She plans to study medicine. Previously, she interned at the non-profit RPGA Studio, where she focused on solving community issues through art. As a mentee with Girls Write Now, she has written different pieces including her personal essay “La Tierra me Llama,” a short story called "505," and, most recently, her poem "These Days.''
This is a piece about how it feels to deal with the struggles that grief may bring. And about trying to move forward by taking one day at a time.
After a visit to the doctor, “505” began in my imagination and ended as an exploration of a new genre and writing style for me.