Daniela Garza-Maldonado typical works in portraiture, she aims to find aspects of her self in the people around her. Her work is a self reflection using photography as a process for autobiographical documentation with everything originating from a deeply personal place. This contribution to Despite The Illusion, Young Today is a beautiful look at adolescent youth.
Daniela’s work is inspired from specific events that shape her immediate environment. She is interesting in intimacy and the outer world, identity and the social construct.
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The project Young Today started when Daniela started to reflect upon the way teens are depicted in the media today and thought about how that related to her teenage years. Growing up in the pre internet era of the 90’s Daniela didn't have the overwhelming presence of technology and spent her time with her thoughts. Encouraging the subjects introspection and self connection of her subjects Daniela captures some deeply emotional portraits.
Vicariously exploring her own adolescence photographically through these teens, Daniela depicts them in a tranquil placid state as if left with their thoughts, away from the hustle and bustle of being connected to technology. Every subject is left with a silence that’s inviting to assess, holding themselves in the unsure manner of which we would expect people on the apex of puberty. To photograph adolescence puts the project in a unique place of being relatable to everyone as its something we all have to go through. The range of emotions expressed by these teens across the project is so varied that everyone will find an image to identify with.
Currently living and working in Monterrey, Mexico, Daniela teaches photography UANL, TEC, Museo MARCO and Marcarfoto Escuela de Fotografia, whilst producing her personal projects she works within social photography.
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