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Connecting to My Latine Identity in Seville, Spain - Study Abroad

March 29, 2023
by Yazmin Cruz
Yazmin Cruz's first day in Seville on top of the Setas!

Seville Through the Eyes of a Mexican American

My photoset communicates the tone of identity through moments that in a subtle way demonstrate a special piece of who I am. Identity is a journey of self discovery that is everlasting. With this colorful collection of landscapes, candid moments, and photos of myself in the atmosphere is my method of showcasing where I truly found myself. Studying abroad with CEA CAPA Education Abroad extended my perception of many areas of my life, one of the biggest being that you’ll find home wherever you feel it. 
Witnessing how beautiful the sun illuminates Seville's blend of modern and historic structures.

What I Captured

Each image provides a wide range of angles, colors, subjects, and focuses with the intent to showcase the vulnerability and variability in one’s identity. At the Festival of the Nations there was a Mariachi band playing which reminded me of my Mexican heritage. This is where I captured one of the early moments when I felt a piece of home in my new city, Seville.
Mariachi performing at the Festival de las Naciones. Listening to music that speaks to my heart.
This photo represents the connection I felt being in a completely different part of the world. Music reminded me that independent of where my feet stand, being Hispanic is something I always carry. I travel with my Latine identity, keeping it close. 
A taste of home at a local Mexican restaurant in the colorful barrio de Santa Cruz.
I appreciated the value of those around us, like family and friends. I felt full of gratitude witnessing and capturing little moments such as sharing the sidewalk with a father walking his children to school. I realized these moments aren't so small after all.
Black and white photo of father walking children to school.
I was grateful to witness this beautiful family capturing the magic in seeing remarkable places together while walking around Barcelona.
Black and white photo of family enjoying Barcelona views.
I felt joy in recognizing how much sharing a kitchen can connect us during my cooking class with my food and wine professor.
Yazmin Cruz in cooking class during food and wine course

My Pictorial Purpose

When I studied abroad in Spain, I learned that embracing another culture does not mean yours is gone. I learned that welcoming another’s culture is also celebrating your own because it takes a unique appreciation for what makes us beautifully exceptional. I went to my first Flamenco performance in Triana and each artist standing in this photo filled the space with their talent and truth.
Flamenco dancers and artists on stage
It is a surreal feeling to live an experience you only dreamed of fulfilling. As a first-generation student, studying abroad always seemed unfeasible until I found myself strolling the streets of Seville.
Aerial view of Seville from the Giralda
Through my images I captured the emotions around me while also revealing the ones inside of me. I began seeing photography as a form of art that tells an interesting story. Art evokes strength, joy, clarity, and peace. Each photo in this collection demonstrates a piece of my story through the eyes of a first-generation Mexican American.
Arches in Evora, Portugal

Learn More about Study Abroad in Seville, Spain.
Yazmin Cruz is the Fall 2022 Alumni Ambassador in Seville, Spain, and is currently studying at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
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