El Barrio de Hoy focuses on the unrelenting culture of one of New York City’s most vibrant communities. Spanish Harlem is often referred to as the center of Latin American life in the United States. It is a neighborhood with a rich history that is undergoing increasing changes in demographic and infrastructure. While some see these changes in a positive light, others are forced to face the hardships of gentrification. This project explores this period of transition and focuses on the residents that fight to maintain the culture and tradition that seems to be dwindling. While the photographs paint a portrait of the neighborhood, the stories and information that the residents have shared with me form the heart of the project. This series focuses on what is and what will be, while keeping the past in mind.