My photographs and videos document my Trinidadian mother's cooking to explore her own heritage as a New Yorker. “Good Things Comes Out Of This Tiny Kitchen” is something that my mother always says.
The incredible thing about my mother’s tiny kitchen is the amount of love, wisdom, and delicious food that comes out. It shows my mother’s heritage, where she comes from, and the traditions we get to learn.
Trinidad and Tobago is made up of two main islands and several smaller islands.
The country has a wide range of ethnicities, religions, and cultures.
It was colonized first by Spain and then by the British. August 31, 1962, Trinidad and Tobago left the West Indies Federation and became independent, with Erica Williams as their prime minister.
My mother, Sheon Duke, was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She had to leave her country at the age of seventeen to help my aunt out after my aunt was wounded by a gunshot.
My mom was not thrilled to come to the United States because she did not know anybody in America and cried throughout her entire plane ride.
After living in the U.S. for several years, my mother decided to stay. She had me and my two sisters and worked a variety of jobs.
Growing up with my mother was very interesting because some words she said while talking to us sounded different from things that we will say sometimes.
I respect and love that my mother was born in Trinidad because we get to embrace another culture and learn a lot more and listen to all of her fun, exciting stories.
After all, how my mother was raised was very different from how we were raised.
My mother loves cooking. She started learning at the age of thirteen when she was living in Trinidad.
She learns from her mistakes when trying something for the first time, and she often takes tips from other people to make her food better.
I was worried that my mother would not want to have her photo taken but she has been happy to share her cooking with me and allow me to create photographs capturing things we do as a family, and what she does in her everyday life.