Hi everyone, welcome to my first official blog for my website. Before I start, I'd just like to give a big thank you to Sam Nazarian for helping me with the design and setup of my site. I'm very happy with the results and I appreciate his support and friendship!
So where to start? Ah yes, today I was fortunate enough to have a late breakfast at Bloom Cafe with Adriana Marmolejo, a talented photographer from the Santa Monica College program whom I admire and adore. She is a multifaceted dynamo possessing both the technical savvy to handle the digital camera format and all it's attached software while being equally comfortable working multiple types of film cameras and navigating the many perils of the darkroom. I've watched her grow throughout the program and love the work she's been presenting. She's a humble and kind young woman who is starting to develop her signature as a photographer.
The primary reason I came to see her today was not only to catch up but to see her latest work. Although she's adept at several genres of photography, she is beginning to cultivate her passion for fine art photography. As a matter of fact, she just completed a brilliant series of nudes. Her models were silhouetted by ornate stencils through natural light and she focused on abstract bodyscapes. She used Tri-X film and decided to produce lith prints. Additionally, Adriana applied an ammonia treatment to the print to give the normally pink tones are more yellowish, skin tone feel. The results were a compilation of beautiful, dynamic images that left me feeling astounded. I loved the prints so much that I even put in an order for one of my favorites.
We had discussed her future prospects and she made mention of applying for a gallery show. She appeared apprehensive about presenting her most recent work because it was so personal. I assured her that this work was amazing and she should approach the possibility of a show with confidence. I even made her promise to submit it to at least one gallery before the summer is over (I KNOW YOU SEE THIS ADRIANA!!!). I also suggested the possibility of presenting her whole series at my friend's shop on the Westside. I really have high hopes for her success and once again am inspired by the talented people I have in my life.
I hope you all enjoyed my first blog!