Fernanda: I miss my own bed, my home, small things like having your mom knocking on your door. But when you stay with someone local, you feel part of the city. You wonder who is the owner of the house, what do you have in common, how did they get here. I love photography, I think it immortalizes a moment of your life. In twenty years I'm going to see my picture and think: Oh, my God, I was a baby in New York.
Ryan: I've been moving around for quite a while. I miss having my own space. I wonder if this was Violette’s room. I wonder about the mats... I wonder why there are so many here.
Gary: One has to be aware of the other person when sharing the bathroom or making noise or intruding in their social life. I feel more alert and sensitive. I felt the artist at work in the colors, the rugs, the things around the house... the feeling. I also loved the location and, of course, Violette and Raquel. I feel like I have a new friend and a different view of the city from a temporary home. I felt honored that she wanted to take our picture because she is so cool and such a great artist. I also felt awkward because I don’t like posing for photos much. Laughing helped.
Lauren: We came after Día de los Muertos and it was very interesting to see the gorgeous altar she had made in remembrance and celebration of a loved one. We were able to view the city from a bird's eye perspective and watch people carry on with their daily lives. Violette treated us like unique individuals and opened up her home to us as if we were a close friend or family member. When she took our photo, we were coming to terms with the fact that we would be leaving soon, and this genuinely made us sad. However, we also felt very honored that she would include us in her passion for photography. It reinforces how New York encourages and inspires creativity.