Gabriela Mendez is an 18 year-old photographer from Miami who has a knack for capturing a pure, dream-like reality. And for being so young, her work is quite refined. She pictures people in unreal portraits that showcase human beauty and vulnerability. Her use of color and props are magnificent, yet usually unplanned. Mendez tells us that she often creates on the spot, somehow pulling off the gorgeous results seen below. Click on any photo below to browse through a gallery of Mendez’s work, and read our interview with her that follows.
I would describe my work as very colorful and distinctive.
I got a camera and just thought it would be great to take pictures of my friends doing dumb shit. Then Instagram started about and I saw how people [were being] so creative with photography.
Honestly, I come up with these ideas on the spot. I like going into shoots not knowing what’s gonna happen. I bring about props with me and go to random locations – sometimes I feel like building sets and having a game plan in mind, but I usually free ball it.
John Yuyi, Maya French, Signe Pierce – these are self-made artists that have inspired me to do the same.
That was a show I curated that ended up being a success. I got to see old friends and expose my work to different people during Art Basel.
Installations [are] the main thing I would see myself creating besides photography [that] I feel like I could actually mature in.
In 5 years I see myself in Europe hosting art shows, maybe living there who knows.