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Puerto Rico : Paradise Ruined photography series by Ruben Natal-San Miguel

To raise awareness about what is really happening in Puerto Rico, USA after hurricanes Irma and Maria, New York City-based street photographer Ruben Natal-San Miguel focused his lens on the island of his birth in early December, 2017, four months after the hurricanes.


Awaiting for FEMA ~ La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

Awaiting for FEMA ~ La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA


We Are The Oldest Colony (Mural) ~ Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

We Are The Oldest Colony (Mural) ~ Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA


Cat House Ruins ~ La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Cat House ~ La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA


Bar & Restaurant Ruins ~ Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Bar & Restaurant ~ Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Ceiling Fan ~ Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Ceiling Fan ~ Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA



Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Vieques, Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Vieques, Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Vieques, Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Vieques, Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Loiza, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Loiza, Puerto Rico, USA


Basketball Court ~ Ciales, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Basketball Court ~ Ciales, Puerto Rico, USA


Restaurant Ruins ~ Ciales, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Restaurant ~ Ciales, Puerto Rico, USA


La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined La Perla, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA


Homeless Squatters After Hurricane Maria ~ Condado Area, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA

Homeless Squatters After Hurricane Maria ~ Condado Area, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA


Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Boat ~ Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, USA


Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Luminescent Bay Tours Ruins ~ Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Luminescent Bay Tours ~ Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, USA


Gas Station Ruins ~ Loiza, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Gas Station ~ Loiza, Puerto Rico, USA


Loiza, Puerto Rico, USA

Ruined Loiza, Puerto Rico, USA

Like many New Yorkers, Natal-San Miguel has family in Puerto Rico. This is the first in a series of five visits that will document the island’s recovery in the first year after the hurricanes.


 

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