Eclectic Tucson: a photo shoot inspired by color, art, and music

You check the news headlines and you see, yet again, depressing stories. It’s not that you want to turn a blind eye to all the things happening in our world: hunger, injustice, discrimination and acts of carelessness are all around us. You want to take action and be an agent of change, but sometimes you need some time to recharge. You need to step away from all the madness and process what is happening around you. Or you simply need a moment to appreciate life and all its beauty. And that is precisely what I wanted to do with this photo project. I wanted to showcase some wonderful people who happen to make beautiful things inspired by the world around them. 

To tell you the truth, the main inspiration for this photo shoot was a music video. I don’t know if that’s ever happened to you- you either watch a movie or a music performance and you are immediately inspired to recreate some aspects of it. So that’s exactly what I did. I was inspired by the Chilean singer Mon Laferte and her video "Amárrame" to produce a visual celebration of color to showcase local talent. "Amárrame" was filmed at The Color Block in Miami, and the song was inspired by Andean dances and feminine sensuality.

My own personal inspiration, along with the video, was to celebrate diversity in fashion photography. I wanted to give it my own personal touch, with the idea that all cultures and all women are beautiful, and because of that, they deserve to be celebrated. The featured artists were selected because of their unique and eclectic element in their art. The talent team and I met up at an iconic street in Tucson and they were adorned in colorful outfits with touches of traditional Mexican attire.

The collection of images below is called “Eclectic Tucson.” I chose the word eclectic, because that’s what I wanted the photos to reflect: a piece deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. And when I think of the word eclectic, I see an explosion of multiple colors, textures and shapes coming together to form a beautiful work of art. 

I recently read somewhere that it’s not about which side of our brains we use the most that makes someone a genius, but it is rather how many neurons connect with other neurons in the brain. In other words, geniuses are people with more numerous and more diverse neural connections. This means to me that the more information we are able to process and connect in our brains with other pieces of information is what helps us become geniuses at what we do. I can’t help but think of our world as giant brain, and the people in it as neurons. Can you imagine what would happen if we connected with more people and our connections happened with people outside our circle? 

Details about artists featured in this photo shoot:

 

Models: Nathalie and Crystal Mata, dresses by Buffalo Exchange

 

 

Fabiola Bedoya, Vintage hunter, desert lover, jewelry maker & professional crafter. Paper flowers by Picante Design Tucson

Annotated Audrey,  I draw female characters, desert scenes, plants, flowers and tons of intricate patterns.

 

Megan Powell, featuring Annotated Audrey's art

 

Emily Powell, the founder of the science-based toy company Why & Wiser, and her sister Megan

 

All of the ladies!