Photo and interview by Kerry Sherck
The way the ball hits the ground, you just know, “oh that person is getting mad, or that person is getting frustrated.”
When I started tennis, it was with a group that was part-time tutoring and part-time tennis, and I joined because I was interested in tennis. I like the sound of the racket and the impact of the ball. When you play singles, it’s you and that other person—nothing else matters. I’m more of an individual person who likes to work hard and not really ask for help. I know sometimes that gets in the way—not asking for help, but I love how you practice by yourself in tennis. I can’t blame anybody else for any mistakes.
I like to take on new challenges. I may not be a painter or an expert at dancing or foreign languages, but I like to give it the best I can, just because there’s so much in this world that you can do. Sometimes you might think that dancing is something silly, but you don’t know the hard work and dedication dancers put into it. I try to put myself in their shoes to appreciate why they love it and how they do what they do. It gives me a bigger perspective.
— Fatima, 19
The New American Dreamers highlights the stories of some of the incredible Dreamers in our community. Created by photographers Sylvia Johnson and Kerry Sherck, and produced in partnership with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, The New American Dreamers is a positive reframe of who many of the immigrants living in our community are. Their stories reflect the dreams, hopes, challenges, and ambitions that are inherent to all of us as human beings. In the context of such a toxic narrative currently being perpetuated about immigrants in this country, our goal with this project is to flip the perspective through stories of incredible Dreamers who are our friends, clients, and neighbors.
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