Interview By J-OPEN
Adianet is a little Mexican girl that likes to shoot with her 35mm. I was born in mexico city and raised in The North West. My favorite part of living in Portland is the lovely morning breath we get from all the green trees, the wonderful water that is actually drinkable, the delicious food cart culture, and the open-minded environment surrounding the streets. A friend once told me Portland is a bubble and it is very easy to get comfortable in.
J-OPEN: I see you present your work in using shadows can you explain your visual reasoning?
AM: Shadows represent mystery, depth, “fear”, and if you look at my work you can see the mystery waiting to be discovered.
J-OPEN: You have mentioned before,” You don’t really want to get into self-portraits”? Did I quote that correctly? Can you explain your vision of self your portraits?
AM: I’m pretty bad at recalling things I had said before, when you ask about me not wanting to get involved in self-portraits, I think what I meant at that time is having that uncomfortable feeling of being in front of the camera rather than behind it. My vision of self-portraits has completely changed in contrast to what I thought before. I have now discovered that it is a beautiful connection between your body, your device, your mind. You literally are becoming your own vision.
J-OPEN: Your work is versatile in regards to artistic portraits to landscape in addition to documentary. Can you tell us what your interest in these particular subjects is?
AM: I like to experiment within different areas with regard to my particular medium. My work really reflects on what I am going through at that moment.For example, if I am feeling depressed or anxious, I really need to photograph trees and landscapes because they are calm and I can really express myself in an open field. Portraits are great too, for when I am trying to figure out composition, or simply trying to bond with other people through my lens. Thirdly, I have added documentary work to my spectrum because I discovered thatI feel most comfortable in active areas where I can document an event and tell a story. Those three “styles” are highly important for me because I re-discover myself in each and every one of them and let me tell you, it is a painful yet pleasant feeling.
J-OPEN: What or who inspires you?
AM: Who? Well, it’s difficult to pin point one certain inspiration that has kept me shooting. But I guess I can narrow it down to my family and friends. Although it may sound a bit standard, they really are a great inspiration. They support and encourage me to shoot every day. Of course I am inspired, one of my favorite creatives is Francesca Woodman, I see myself in her. What inspires me? The unknown, the fact only you will see that memory, but at the same time, everyone will feel it.
J-OPEN: What does pictorial vs. pure photography mean to you?
AM: Just like that conversation you and I had, I believe certain terminologies are a bit “burnt out”. Example, “Photo shoots”, aren’t what they used to be, nowadays everyone and their fathers want to be shooters, and there is nothing wrong with that, however at the end it is the skill and the passion that will get you places.
J-OPEN: Explain labels and photographers?
AM: I think there is a line between a photographer and an artist; a creative; an expressionist. Sure, you can go ahead and get a degree in becoming a photographer, but one can’t major in expressionism, that’s a whole entity and cannot be mastered, but lived. Labels help point out someone in a room, the difference is that your work will shine on its own without any label or terminology.
J- OPEN: Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
AM: In 5 years, I can definitely see myself still shooting, by then I should have a photo book of portraits full of people, I have helped in some way. I like where I am now, but I know there is a whole new journey i need to unfold. Catch me in five years, let’s create!
J-OPEN: You have recently exhibited your work right?
AM: Yes! I had the great opportunity to show my work in New York, it was an international show about creative and their life as artists. In that same month of July,
I had a second show in Portland, this one in particular was about activism and art, and how powerful they can both be me when combined.
J-OPEN: Favorite place to eat in the Northwest?
AM: My mom’s house and The Food Carts!!!