christy mcdonald

Photographer
  
Gustine
Location: San Francisco, Ca
Nationality: Californian
Biography: As a visual storyteller I travel extensively using documentary and street photography to engage with the people and places I explore. With a natural propensity to wander off the usual paths, I observe the details of daily life, seeking out images... MORE
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Gustine
Copyright christy mcdonald 2022
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Apr 2022
Topics Azores, Black and White, California central valley, Documentary, Farming, Festa, Portuguese, Portuguese culture
GUSTINE
Gustine is a small farming town in the California Central Valley that has a small community of Azorean Portuguese people who immigrated there over the past three generations. I first learned about Gustine from my friend, Colleen Mullins, who's mother had grown up there, when she asked if I wanted to go there with her to photograph a Portuguese Festa that's held in town every fall. That was about seven years ago. Since then we've been going back a few times a year to make images in the area and visit with friends we've made. While the focus of Collen's photographs are more landscape in nature and relate to her family history there, mine are more simply about the people and the culture. The Central Valley and Gustine is about a one to two hour drive inland from the San Francisco Bay Area yet it is an area 

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