"The goal has always been to celebrate the life of my subject(s)."

"My job isn't to make my subject(s) comfortable but rather to capture the essence of a person(s) for exactly where they are."

"The slowing down and documenting of subjects and realizing the impact it has on them and more so myself, has been vital to the outcome of my images."

"The process is all we have left."

- Gabriel Rivera, 24 year old freelance documentary photographer based in New York City.