I'm a bay area native, who decided to go to school for photography because it seemed to be the only thing I had any aptitude for. I like my art to be loud, so I like color that is crazy and patterns that go all over the place. Natural and realistic don't interest me, I'll take surrealism any day. I'm most inspired by mediums other than photography. Gustav Klimt, Matisse, Tim Burton, and Wes Anderson are some of my very favorite artists. I don't like to get deep about my work, I try to make images that are fun to look at because I like eye candy. That's pretty much it. If you'd like to see more of my work, check out www.teresajuarez.com
- Teresa Juarez
I am a photographer, and my work captures a sense of urgency and roughness of being. I am heavy on the romantics, sublime nature of being, and use of raw materials in what I do. I am foremost an analog photographer, elbow deep in chemistry. For me, it is the only way to live. In all aspects of my life, I don't ever do anything half-heartedly. I come from a background in fashion photography, which shines through the edges of my work, and it all started thanks to getting my hands on a very old toy camera. From there, the rest was history, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more than a few feet away from a camera ever since. I strongly encourage the use of film, and always am helping others keep the love of film and its techniques very much alive.
The series Luminaries shows very real emotions; real meltdowns, real love, real anger, real pain. And overall there is a certain romanticism to the whole thing. The technique was key in making it as if you were an outsider and to keep that mythological feel.
- Brad Brok
When I look back at my childhood, it was filled with enormous amounts of cartoons, toys, Disney movies and endless Nintendo adventures. My earliest memory of creating art was with the children’s show “Pappyland.” At the end of every episode, the host would draw something out of imagination and encourage his viewers to follow along. I remember my sitting on the carpet floor with my older brother drawing along. This excitement for drawing fueled the left side of my brain at such a young age.
After graduating high school, I decided not go to art school due to the expenses. Instead, I went to a community college and set my mind in engineering as my family recommended. Today, I attend California State University, Sacramento with three semesters left from graduating with a B.S. in Civil Engineering.
Photography entered my life as soon as I saw the work of Ansel Adams and Rui Palha late 2010. They are both black and white photographers whose work is inspiring. Adams captured nature while Palha captures street life. Both have influenced me to simply get out and shoot.
Photography re-awakened the artist within me that was lost for several years. Today, I am now focusing my work with people; portraiture, modeling and glamour. I love helping people, so it made sense for me to offer my talent to others. I look forward to working in photography as a second career besides engineering. It’s not too common to see a “creative engineer,” but I think that’s what makes me quite unique.
Lastly, if there is one thing I’ve learned in photography, it’s that the eye truly captures the greatest images, not the camera. If you can work with what you have, the possibilities are infinite.
Feel free to see my work at www.wix.com/gpen04/gpphoto
- Gilbert Penales
Magali Duzant is a photographer and illustrator based in San Francisco, CA. Born and raised in New York, she attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she received a bachelor of humanities and arts in fine art and visual culture. She formerly worked as the exhibition coordinator at Silver Eye Center for Photography and was the director of photography for the interdisciplinary firm, Point Projects. She has exhibited nationally and was named one of Philadelphia based Project Basho's Onward Emerging Photographers of 2010.
In 2011, she was awarded an artist residency at Berkeley's Kala Art Institute, where she is currently working on an artist's book entitled, “Ardara and On.” Her photographs deal with the ways in which we process memory. She runs an illustration site and zine, “Notes On A Coast,” devoted to editorial observations on life in the bay area. Her photographs have appeared in Relay Arts Magazine, the sustainability journal Verdure, and the Parsons Paris look-book among other publications.
- Magali Duzant
Hello my name is Griffin, and I am always struggling with issues in boundaries, plagiarism, and manipulation. I do so many wrong things as a brand new American adult, and a young work-horse. A large part of my life is dedicated to rehearsing and performing my latest apology for the newest victim or customer. Sometimes it really hurts to look at my work if you are from the location it was taken, and that is one thing I’ve chosen to stop apologizing for.
My thoughts are constantly migrating to the ways I could stop thinking about myself and to the averseness of deep thought in silence. I am always going against the grain as cheerfully as I can, and one of the ways that it pours out of me is through my dedication to and from artwork. The distraction and escapism of artwork is a learning process that I taught myself at a young age, my photography is a very intricate design, and that helps a lot with who I am.
My vision as an artist is what I take pride in, and I stick by it like a mosquito in sap, slowly oozing down the trunk of a coniferous tree. So I am not sorry for what I have done, and instead I just present it and pretend there are no consequences for my actions, because perception is reality. I am all American, and I spend a lot of my time teaching children and living in the Mokelumne wilderness.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Erena Shimoda always had an affinity with the underwater world even though she grew up in the city. One of her favorite childhood memories includes floating in a small inflatable pool, daydreaming about mermaids and singing a children’s song:
The ocean is wide, the ocean is huge...
It’s no surprise, then, that Erena immediately became addicted to scuba diving after a trip to the Honduras Bay islands Utila and Roatan. She received her divemaster certificate in Venezuela in 2005, and began shooting underwater photographs in Thailand, Bonaire, Corsica, Cozumel, Cancun and Hawaii. Today, she specializes in underwater portrait photography and uses her background in new media and fine art to create unique compositions in different media.
Erena currently lives in San Francisco, California. When she isn’t planning her next photography trip in the tropics, she’s usually staring at the beautiful ocean. And, she’s still humming that ocean song.
- Erena Shimoda 下田恵玲奈
Marta Dymek was born in a small province of Muszyna, in the very south of Poland. Growing up in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Marta developed a curious sense of aesthetics, sensitivity to beauty, and passion for exploring the unknown. Her adventure with photography started at the age of eight, when through a big misunderstanding both of her godparents gave her a camera each for the same occasion. With two cameras in her possession, she felt as if she could take photographs of virtually anything. Marta would come back from trips with rolls of film filled with seemingly random things: like a tiger, or a leaf, or the corner of somebody's smile.
The photo bacillus didn't really kick in until the year 2005, when Marta left Poland and moved to the United States. Here, with plenty opportunities ahead of her, she decided to take what she loves to the next level and become a professional photographer. Currently, Marta is a year away from a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Photography at Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
In her free time, Marta enjoys putting up smiles on people's faces, playing various instruments including the banjo, and creating video-scrapbooks to remember all the small moments that bring happiness to her life.
I was born in Oakland CA on May 24th 1989. At the age of three, I moved to Los Angeles with my mom, Dana, and older brother, Javon. We moved around a lot throughout the valley and Hollywood, which was cool because I got to see the different cultures and lifestyles that where out there. At 11, we moved back to the Bay Area. It wasn’t until high school that I started to realize I had an interest in photography. Whether it’s a film or a photograph, there was just something about the different compositions and colors and the overall control I had over whatever I wanted to shoot that fascinated me. So I joined the multimedia academy at my high school. Once I graduated high school, I moved back to LA and studied film at the Art Institute of Los Angeles. There, I strengthened my skill and love for film making. It wasn’t until I graduated from college that I bought my first DSLR and I love it. I feel like I haven’t even scratched the surface of what I can do with it, so I try and get out as much as I can and experiment. I’m excited to finally get my work out there, This is my first showcase and I hope everyone enjoys.
- Stephen Blair
Jina Martinez… artist, student, wife, and mother. I was born in Southern California where I spent most of my life until I was 16, and until recently, I have been moving around all over. I joined the Navy when I was 19, where I met my husband. It was an awesome experience, and we literally got to see the world together. Getting to visit other countries was amazing, and I was always amazed by the different cultures and what they had to offer both artistically and personally. I relocated to the bay area about four months ago, and I have fallen in love with it.
My children have a huge impact on my work, Gio (12), Jamie, (8), Sito (6), and Millie (2). They are always extremely excited about my art, and are always trying to help in any way that they can. Every day, they say something or do something that gives me an idea for my art work. I do not know what I would do without them, being a mother is probably one of the most creative and inspirational “jobs” anyone could have.
My work is usually very vibrant. I LOVE color. I try to make all of my work very bright and playful. No matter what I am shooting, I always want my viewer to be able to relate to my work in a childlike way. A lot of my work is based around my children, their toys, candy, or just what I see and experience every day. I also draw a lot of inspiration from pop art, although I am a photographer. Ever since I can remember, artists like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein have made a huge impact on my art work. I am interested in all forms of photography as long as I can make it as colorful as possible.
If you would like to check out my photography blog you can find it at http://jinamartinezphotography.blogspot.com
- Jina Martinez
At age 15, I picked up a camera and have yet been able to put it down. Beginning at a very young age, I was classically trained in ballet. I believe that this disciplined my eyes in a creative way. Years later, I find myself looking at everything in a harmonious light. I want my images to make the viewer imagine a narrative alongside of it.
At the age of 18, I moved to San Francisco from southern California to go to school. I am currently studying cinema, and try to make all of my photographs as if they were a still from a film. I draw my inspiration from those around me and the beauty of people. I often photograph my close friends and would not have it any other way. My photographs are not just art, but a documentation of where I was in my life at that time.
Please check out my website at chantelbeamphotography.com
- Chantel Beam