This series of photographs is part of a larger project called Leaving Home which explores the lives of young immigrants in State College, Pennsylvania.
Lucas was born in the city of Arequipa, Peru and his family eventually moved to Lima. Growing up in Lima he felt extremely restless and didn’t wish to stay there for very long. According to him, spending his life in Peru would have been fairly easy and he would become lazy; denying himself new, more challenging experiences.
According to him, If he stayed in Peru he would attend a good university and eventually run his father’s jewelry stores. Although his mother wanted him to stay, his father was open to sending him to the United States on a condition that he would eventually return to his country. Lucas yearned to experience some kind of uncertainty, and left Peru to attend Penn State University where he is currently studying Energy Engineering.
Leaving Home is a documentary project which explores the lives of young immigrants in State College, Pennsylvania and traces their lives back to where they came from.
I met Ali while studying at Penn State University. He works at a Turkish food joint called Penn Kebab. Struggling with English when he first arrived in the United States, this was the only restaurant that agreed to take him on.This is where he wants to build his future, pursuing his dream of making films in Hollywood.
Ali struggles with English and an education at Penn State is extremely expensive.