Backlight – I love shooting backlit photography, especially at sunset. Usually you have to get low to make these types of images, but I don’t mind and my Fujifilm X-T1 tilted screen helps a lot. This image was made on the Continental Bridge in Dallas this summer.
Beach, California – In April, my husband and I took a road trip in California, driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco on Highway 1 and stopping along the way. I have hundreds of images from this wonderful trip and this one, captured before sunset from Santa Monica Pier, is one of the very few I converted to black and white. It was hazy, windy and cold(ish), and I like how black and white conveys the atmosphere without distracting with colors. I like to zoom in and watch the people on the beach.
Crossing, Chicago – Chicago was the first city in the US (outside Texas) I visited after I moved to the country in June 2015 and I went there to attend the Out of Chicago Photography Conference. This image was made during a photowalk with Valerie Jardin, one of the street and x-series photographers who inspired me from the beginning of my journey. I was standing on a platform of the L train waiting for an interesting subject to cross the street.
Empire, NYC – I’ve always dreamt to visit New York, and it finally became a dream come true in December 2015. Lucky me, this was the view from the rooftop of my hotel in Lower East Side. I didn’t have a tripod with me, but I found a way to fix my camera and get a few long exposure shots during sunset and the blue hour. This was originally a blue hour shot, in color, but after a while I felt the need to convert it to black and white. By stripping away the colors I felt like it gave this image a timeless feel, but I applied some split toning to keep the dreamy feeling of the blue hour.
Faces, Veterans’ Day, Dallas – I’ve made a lot of images during the Veterans’ Day parade in Dallas, but somehow to me this is the most memorable. It’s not a perfect photograph but it was a perfect moment- so many eyes watching in different directions, so many face expressions. I love the dynamics between all the faces, the contrast between the real life and the paintings; I like to imagine what these teens were thinking. I enjoy that split second when a subject’s eyes meets my camera and gives me the look.
Lines, NYC – Urban photography, city life and architecture are a big part of my portfolio. I’m always in search of compositions where I can study the relation between architecture, people and nature. While I was crossing the street to get to Ground Zero in NYC, I saw this big structure above my head (which at the time I thought was part of a building, but now I think it was just a temporary structure part of the construction site). The strong diagonal lines along with the December branches of a NYC tree stood perfectly against the cold blue sky.
Looking Up, Chicago – When I travel I’m always excited to see the landmarks of a place, but I try to stay away from making the same pictures everyone else makes. Usually I do this by trying to find new perspectives. It’s not always easy, and I’m sure there are many images with reflections in the Cloud Gate, but I like how the people that were standing at that moment under the Gate were wearing red, blue and yellow.
Moody Morning, Monterey – Most of the time I travel with my husband and although he is very understanding and supporting of my passion for photography, he is not always as patient as I am when looking for the right moment or composition. So I try to find moments where I can go out by myself. This was an early morning in Monterey on Fisherman’s Warf. I loved the silhouettes made against the moody sky by the three lamp posts, the wet deck and the birds.
Mr. Purple, NYC – December in NYC – my dream. I was so lucky to find this hotel with incredible views of the city. This image was made before sunset from the hotel’s bar (Mr. Purple). I love how the golden light of the sunset is reflecting in the bottles, the smoke coming from the chimney outside, how the shape of the bottles resembles the shape of the chimney. I feel like the image conveys the difference of temperature between inside and outside.
Puppets, Seattle – This was an art installation inside the Seattle airport. I love compositions that are taken out of their context, not obvious, where the viewer may have to search for meanings and make their own conclusions.
River Walk, San Antonio – When I was researching before my first trip to San Antonio, the River Walk was one of the landmarks everyone said is a must see. If you just search on Google images ‘San Antonio River Walk’, there is an iconic image of the place with the colorful umbrellas. Which photographer doesn’t like colorful umbrellas, especially in such a wonderful setup? But I didn’t want just another classic image and luckily I was there at the perfect moment of the day to get these amazing reflections.
The Journey, Marfa, Texas – This is one of the most precious moments so far during my stay in the US. In March 2016, a friend from Houston and I went on a road trip to Marfa, West Texas. She is a writer and we were both in search of inspiration. We even published the book ‘Marfa State of Mind. How a road trip became a soul trip’ with my photography and her thoughts from this trip. I think we all wanted to take a picture of us or someone else in the middle of a road, but this is not always a good and safe idea. One of the days we went for a scenic drive and this road seemed safe enough to make a stop and take this shot. It was extremely windy and Elena was wearing a dress that you would not normally wear on a road trip, but that was part of the fun, to do things we are not comfortable with and we normally wouldn’t do. Did I mention we ran out of gas in the middle of nowhere? If you want to read or see more about this trip check the book on blurb.com.
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