Before a Camera, an IPOD. I started out doing art with myself, I would take selfies, random pictures, then edit them and somehow they came out very photogenic. People would talk like “Oh your pictures are “too” nice or “You don’t look like that”, which would upset me –I wasn’t trying to Catfish! I got compliments on my selfies too though and got recognition for that so I decided to start taking pictures of people. I asked for a camera for Christmas and the magic started to happen.
Good Vibes. Photography makes me happy, it relaxes me, brings purpose to my being –as if I depend on it. Seeing that my work brings some kind of momentary joy to others, makes me happy. I think it’s important for aspiring photographers to know themselves and to be patient. Do it for the art, not money.
How Magic Happens. I usually study people’s postures, characteristics, and their personalities. I come up with something by brainstorming and picture my subjects doing whatever I want them to do. When I shoot myself, I set up the camera, and extra tools in weird places. It’s harder than shooting other people, but it’s the most authentic.
Art Imitates Life. I believe I am my culture. I bring it with me and it reflects how I see and treat others. I hated the fact of learning English because it wasn’t something I was accustomed to. In America I spend a lot of time inside, whereas in Mexico I would be outside adventuring. My father told me that we would return after 5 years, but we never did.
GOAT. My sister! She used to do photography years before me. I used to see her doing it and it was interested. Frida Khalo inspires me to take pictures of myself, also she gives me confidence. I have a tattoo of her, she goes with me wherever I go.
Who Encounters Truth (WET). My new production is called WET. It is your whole being, from all the molecules and senses that make up your body and mind. It acknowledges that it is fine to think and look the way you do. I’m implementing it with what reflects and symbolizes myself and others with anything I produce.
What Now? I will never know the future but I’m looking forward to it. As long as I’m doing that, I’m sure more opportunities will come and my art will bloom. I started producing videos and clothing so I’m really starting to focus on that for the Fall. And a lot of WET!
To see more work from Teresa Arreola you can follow her IG @sunluna_nefertiti and her twitter @sunluna_nefer