The environment that one lives in can shape the identity of the individual. I live in a quiet neighborhood between eighteen street and Throop in Chicago, Illinois. However, things have always been has perfect as expected. I lived in my area for over fifteen years and the crimes inflicted within the neighborhood were severe, many parents would not allow their children outside after seven o’clock. Gunshots would fire at the every angle and you would smell the rubber from the tires as cars race by. Police began to patrol every neighborhood in sight. At that moment, I knew that what happened in the neighborhood would not interfere in the way I live my life. Day by day I see the same people committing devious acts, trying to hustle one another and never knew how to move onto something better for themselves and remain a delinquent. I promised myself that I would never want to be someone who be recognized as a deviant. Despite of all every bad memory or feeling that I experienced in my life, one thing my neighborhood has inspired to be is someone who thrives to be herself and pursue my goals as a successful individual.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
well I my environment I was trying not to become a product of it but I know to much an eney one can see that some thing was wrong with it but how was I to try to change eney thing but I was told the the best way to change was around u is to change your self first but I seem to have to sides like evey one else but I fight with south sides evey day the picture I pick to day is an artist vows of that I have seen a lot weir from but sadly I don’t think their is no way to change that environment that is one of the resins way I wanna get out of it I some times hate it an some times I love it so I have a love hate relationship with it if that make sines but the south side of Chicago hepelt me become what i`am to day an i can oley get better so i would love to change my hood but cant change it but I’m getting out of it so I don’t care
The neighborhood is a very unique place to grow up in. There are all kinds of neighborhoods’ each one having different cultures and race. My very own neighborhood is a great place that influences who I am and what kind of person I am. I grew up and still live in a Latino neighborhoods were there is drug dealing, shootings, gangbanging, people fighting, yelling and the list goes on. I for one am not involved in these activities. My neighborhood is whom I am a proud Mexican with lots to show, it has made me stronger to fight for what I believe and has turn my soul into a artist taking photographs of how my people live there everyday from selling corn at the corner or selling paletas.
I have uncles how are hard-core drug user and dealers; I have aunts that take care of six kids and each one a year apart. I have cousins who are loyal to the gang life popping and killing there own race some are dead others are in jail. This place that I call home and hood is a place that made me into an artist taking photographs of my people, kids, and the gang life; has made me a graffiti artist painting walls showing trying to escape and get away from drugs. It had taking me to the limits of showing people who I am and this is what I am a philosopher, artist, and a greater loyal person. I want to show what kind of things influence me to do my art and take care of culture and myself.
The neighborhood I live in has a lot to do with who I am today. My neighborhood pertains to many neighborhoods; I feel that my neighborhood is more of the nation as a whole rather than one specific town. I grew up in multiple places so each place has had a great affect on me. In Chicago, the influences that strongly stuck with me were that everybody is unique; everyone has their own stories of life, and their own problems. It did not matter how much money you had, or how cool your shoes were, as a kid it was about how cool you were, or how friendly and social you were. In Puerto Rico, it was about fitting in and how your clothes looked. In Texas, it was how good at sports were you. In Florida, it was all about money and cars. I mostly prefer Chicago because there is no place like it in the world. Chicago has probably influenced me the most and is still the greatest place to be. I always felt like an outsider to every city I was in, but that was because not a lot of kids have lived in other places so as far as being unique I pretty much top the bunch. My influences come from every corner of my neighborhoods, each and every one of them. The influences that I have experienced shall stick with me til the end and will have a great deal of what I am and who I become later in the future.
I am pretty fortunate to live in a good safe town with good schools and no real gang members’ just kids that act like they are “gangstas”. I wouldn’t say my neighborhood has influenced me much, mostly because people tend to be really stuck up and snotty. I suppose in a way it influenced me to be better to people that they are to me. Living there has showed me that even though you have got out of “bad” neighborhoods doesn’t mean the people in the “good” neighborhoods are going to treat you any better. What I have noticed is that people in the nice suburbs will be nice to you face but if the people in the nice suburbs don’t like you they will say bad things about you behind you back to everyone else they know and before you know it people have prejudged you as a person before you have even met them. Living there has taught me never trust what people say about others until you meet them for yourself then you can form your own opinions about them. Also in those neighborhoods the people tend to be very exclusive and keep certain people out of the loop when it comes to parties because that’s just how snotty some suburb people can be. So in a way its great to have the safety and security of living in a town like that, but also it’s a drag to have to deal with snotty stuck up people who think they are better than you and never give you much of a chance.