TIERRA NATAL | Francisco Chavira

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One of the few things I have wanted from life is to have a full understanding of who I am. This is a goal that I’m sure we all have. I have realized that the one thing I am missing before I can truly know who I am, is knowing where I come from.

I was born in Santiago Papasquiaro, Durango, Mexico. At age 3 we immigrated to the States for a better life. Since then I have had opportunities in my life I could only have dreamed of! Things that I could have not had if I still lived in Mexico. Yet there has always been a disconnect between where I was raised and where I was born, in more ways then one.

My biological father passed away in a tragic accident when I was a few months old. So, there is an entire side of my family I have yet to meet and have only spoken with a few over the phone. I also have very few memories of what my hometown is like and the people there. I have no clue about the history of my homeland because I was taught the history of a country I am now a part of. I also feel like I have not shared the opportunities I have had because I was raised somewhere else.I feel such a gratitude because of the new life my parents  and the country I am a part of gave me. A life people dream of.

Now it is my time to give back. As I travel to my homeland, I plan to give back heirlooms to the people I meet along the way. I want to give instant film portraits to these people, many of which have never had a professional portrait taken because of the high cost. Instant film as we all know has the power of giving back instantly. This is why I need your help! Through the awesomeness that is Kickstarter, your help is not just thanked in words but by rad stuff as well!

Snap It See It Special

There is something so unique about the film community and even more special about the instant film community. We stick together and help each other out! We believe in our medium and each other. So, to thank you guys for supporting  my project and helping me give back to the the people of my hometown,  I want to offer a special for Snap It See It readers only. For the first 5 backers that support the project with $80.00,  will receive an original, matted Polaroid from the trip. After you back, all you have to do is leave a comment here letting me know. That’s it!

Thank you so much for supporting me!

I ask your help in spreading the word of my project and taking a peek at my projects homepage! The power of social media is invaluable to my project, so a tweet or post would be awesome! Please follow me on twitterfacebook or Instagram to keep up with me and tag me so I can personally THANK YOU! There is a cool video and some rad rewards, check it out here!


  1. check your last graph for a typo…and good luck with the project

  2. Great project, Francisco.

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