When I was fourteen I was a jealous biotch. I felt like every time one of my guy friends ended up in a relationship it meant they were being stolen away from me. It's embarrassing to admit, but it's true. This is why for the first year I knew Lorenna, I hated her. Lorenna was dating one of my closest friends Tyler. I had no romantic feelings for him, no crush, he was just a really good friend. But the fact that he was dating someone outside of our social circle, and in a grade below us was just a big no no. In my defense, it wasn't just me, my whole group of friends felt the same way. Oy, we were awful.
If I wanted to maintain my friendship with Tyler I knew I'd have to suck it up and hang out with this chick. I was really ambivalent and annoyed in the way a fourteen year old girl would be. But for the sake of my friend I agreed to go out with them. We went bowling, smoked weed behind a dumpster in a bank parking lot, and laughed the entire time. While we were waiting for our parents to come pick us up Lorenna told me about a dream she had where I was pulling a broom out of her butt. I didn't want it to be true, but we were insta-besties. That was fourteen years ago, and today she is still my best friend in the whole wide world.
For as long as I have known her she has had a camera strapped to her being. No matter where we went we never had to worry about a lost memory because Lorenna was capturing it. When I first started putting together my story it was always with the thought of Lorenna's photos being a huge part of the dialog. My words could only say so much, but her photos truly documented my transformation.
I owe this girl so much and my love for her is beyond explanation.
Below are the photos of hers that I have included throughout and to check out more of her incredible work go to lorennagomezsanchez.com.