Dominican Republic

When I traveled to the Dominican Republic for the first time last summer, I fell in love with the province I stayed in, which is called Peravia. This province is known for their mango trees, and the family I stayed with had one in their backyard. Life felt slower in Peravia and I wanted to capture the beauty of my surroundings and the feeling of the lazy, hot afternoons there. Afternoons usually consisted of playing dominos with family and sipping on Dominican beer. I happened to come across a cemetery in the neighborhood and was fascinated by how colorful it was, compared to the cemeteries in the U.S. While I was there, a family member touched up the bright blue paint on the tombstone of a deceased family member. The dead birds I photographed at the foot of the gravestones appeared to be offerings to the dead.