Submission Title

A Celebration

Artist Statement

What began as an image became a story. Angel Mauricio Marquez pictured hands raised into the air, basking in the moment and enjoying the little victories. Angel wanted to talk about a celebration yet not portray it as an isolated event. He didn't want to show happiness in a bubble, He wanted the truth behind it. He wanted to talk about the things that we fight the hardest for and the moments we often believed we were inches from quitting but then didn't. For Angel, these are the reasons we celebrate.

About the Artist

Angel Mauricio Marquez is a Latin American first-generation army soldier, third-year osteopathic medical student and occasional writer.