Puerto Rican punk rock through Sophia’s eyes

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We’re already on Medium Español but in the very near future, Through the Cracks will create a space devoted to sharing stories in Spanish.

Sophia Montoya has helped make that possible.

The Tijuana-based photographer will also begin to report stories for Through the Cracks soon.

Sprinked throughout this interview to get to know Sohpia better are pictures from her latest project, a look inside the Puerto Rican punk rock scene.

To read more answers from Through the Cracks staff, click here.

Through the Cracks: When was the last time you laughed until you cried?

Felina: A couple of friends, my boyfriend and I made a trip to Mexico City. We went to Xochimilco for the first time. It was a beautiful day; delicious food, good tequila, good music and most importantly, great company. All I can remember is having an amazing time, being silly, making jokes and crying in pure laughter. It was perfect. One of the best and funniest trips of all time.

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Through the Cracks: What are you working on right now?

Felina: I am working on a photo project about the punk music scene in Puerto Rico. I was amazed of the cultural and creative power Puerto Rico has. My purpose is to make a photo documentation of musicians and artists who are part of that community. I’m planning to start a Crowdfunding campaign to support my project and be able to go back and finish what I started.

Through the Cracks: What has surprised you about or captured your interest in crowdfunding journalism?

Felina: That it’s all about community and supporting one another. It’s exciting to see the amount of interesting projects that are out there. These new platforms are extremely important and useful for our generation. It’s breaking boundaries and creating a movement for journalism – making it more independent and powerful. It’s definitely a positive transformation.

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Through the Cracks: Why are you a journalist or photographer or generally an awesome person?
Felina: As a photographer I’m not only communicating something visually, it’s also about transmitting a feeling. I want to share with people my own unique vision of how I see the world or things I am attracted to. I am a very open minded. I like to know other peoples stories, what they’ve been through and that’s a beautiful ability; to have the capacity to see the world in a different perspective and being conscious about humanity/life as it is. I believe that’s how unforgettable stories originate.
Through the Cracks: Why did you decided to become a contributor to Through the Cracks?

Felina: When Carlos explained to me what this project was all about, I felt they were on a very innovative mission. The people who are putting together projects and the contributors are passionate about what they are doing, and it’s inspiring. I am learning more about how Crowdfunding works and how it’s helping journalism start it’s own revolution. I want to be part of that revolution.

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Khari Johnson
Khari is founder and editor of Through the Cracks: Crowdfunding in Journalism. He also writes about bots and artificial intelligence for VentureBeat. He has built news startups in the U.S. and Europe for the last decade.

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