“The portraits of woman that I have accumulated for my series Muse allows me to praise their feminine nature. I have many strong woman in my family and of course have met many more in my life; like the woman I have captured in this series. Not only does this series evoke my love and affection for woman, it also captures the passion and intrigue that I have for them as well. I set the tone of the portraits in a style that is indicative of painters such as Caravaggio and Vermeer. Capturing them in this glorious vale of light and dark, shows a struggle and urge of an internal monologue specific to each woman. How does a woman see herself? I let the subject play to the camera. I direct and ask questions. Much of the work is a conversation of where they are today and where they see themselves emerging. This comes across in the stoic and ethereal expressions of their movement and gaze. Everyone has a story to tell, I believe. This and all of my other work let’s me speak in a manner in which I could never do in worlds.”
Sam Velasquez is a Peruvian-American photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He studied traditional Black & White and Non-Silver photography methods at SUNY Purchase College of Art+Design. He is inspired by and references many artists, such as Caravaggio, Vermeer, Egon Schiele and the poetry of Pablo Neruda, and this has become a framework for his collection of portraits and landscapes. Sam has always been focused on capturing and cataloging the human experience, particularly the close relationships of the people he encounters. His current work, entitled “Muse,” questions the ideas of duality, self image and the virtuous nature of women.
He is originally from Brooklyn, NY were he worked as a Photo Archivist for the NYC Municipal Archives. During his tenure there he printed, scanned and archived thousands of images, especially glass plate negatives from the turn of the century that documented the rise of NYC at its infancy.
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