My Biography: Me llamo Mary Luz Marques
This is myself in the beautiful city of Toledo, Spain. Always with my camera in hand and ready to frame “the present time” in a picture. In this historical place -UNESCO World Heritage Centre- I am surrounded by the calm of the river and the peaceful scene of nature. Connecting myself with mother earth energizes my body, mind and spirit.
Riding my bike is another of my especial hobbies. This sport compliments my exercise daily routine. I practice what I call “biking meditation.” Have you heard of that? During the rides with my husband, I am aware of everything that is happening around me. For instance, I like to feel the force of the wind on my face and hear the beautiful melody of the birds. Observing nature is just a pleasure to my eyes!
Professionally, I work as a librarian in Philadelphia, and I do love my job. I am very interested in working with multi-ethnic communities. Learning about languages and cultures is one of my passions; and as you can see in my photographs, the concepts of integration, cross-cultural communication and diversity are reflected as an intangible subjects in my visual composition.
As a Peruvian-American, with a close relationship to the Portuguese and French cultures, I have to say that I love who I became culturally. My culture identity has grown so much that I can see the world from different lenses and perspectives. I do believe that learning and experiencing new ideas are the best way to grow. I have to say that, I am very comfortable navigating from one culture to another but also I like to challenge, myself, out of my comfort zone. In my opinion, that is the only way to discover new potential doors that need to be open.
Finally, “my home” is who I am and that part of me travels everywhere I go. No matter where I am in the world -if I am spiritually in peace- I have my home within myself.