Adriana Parrilla

Photojournalist and Visual Storyteller
 ¡Santa María! by Adriana Parrilla   
¡Santa María!
Location: Paris, France
Nationality: Puerto Rican - American
Biography: Adriana Parrilla is a documentary photographer born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is based between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Paris, France. Her work focuses on long-term form storytelling using mixed media photography to explore themes... MORE
Public Story
¡Santa María!
Copyright Adriana Parrilla 2023
Date of Work Sep 2017 - Dec 2018
Updated Sep 2018
Location Puerto Rico
Topics Candid, Climate Change, culture, Documentary, Environment, Hurricane Maria, People, Photography, Poverty, Puerto Rico, Street Photography

"Santa María, libranos de todo mal,
Ampáranos, señora de este terrible 

"Santa María" comes from a popular culture song of Bomba, an Afro-Caribbean traditional music and dance style from Puerto Rico. The words of the song mean, Saint Marie, free us from all evil, protect us, of this terrible animal.

Ironically and contrary to the words of the song, what hurricane Maria did to the island was the complete opposite.
Hurricane Maria was one of the strongest hurricanes ever to hit the Caribbean and the island of Puerto Rico. Creating a major humanitarian crisis for this US territory. Thousands of people lost their houses, the entire island was without electricity, and more than half of the population was without water.

Days after the hurricane, doing simple things like going to the supermarket, buying gasoline, finding potable water, buying ice or going to work, seem like huge tasks to overcome.

Until today, life after Maria represents a new challenge and new reality. It means adjusting to a new landscape and a new unchosen lifestyle. For many Puerto Ricans, their new reality is overwhelming and difficult. Resilience, determination, and self-management have played a key roll in the recovery of the island.
  ¡Santa María! - Adriana Parrilla Photographer
A deeper look into Puerto Rican society in the aftermath of Hurricane María.

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