Lorena is a Venezuelan photographer and filmographer currently based in Los Angeles whose work is just as free-spirited as she is.
Who are you as a photographer and how would you describe your style?
I’m overwhelmed by how much potential and beauty there is around me. As a photographer I’m just trying to capture little glimpses of this. I would describe by style as nostalgic; I feel like my pictures are fragments of memories.
When did you start shooting and why?
I always had a vague interest in photography but it wasn’t until my dad gave me a film camera for my 17th birthday, that was when I really became enamoured with photography. Taking analogue pictures became so much more rewarding and engaging.
How has moving from Venezuela to Los Angeles altered your photography?
In Venezuela I didn’t have too many opportunities to go out exploring and take pictures. since Caracas, where I lived, is very dangerous. I rarely went around the city with my camera because of that… I was always scared it would get stolen. In Los Angeles it’s the complete opposite, I try to have my camera with me most of the time. I’ve also been very lucky to travel extensively around California, which has such an incredible variety of landscape.
I see, from your portfolio, that you have travelled to India. Tell me about your photographic adventures there.
I went to India with one of my best friends from college who is from Baroda. I spent a month with her travelling all around the North West of India. It was one of the best experiences of my life! Photography-wise, India is a dream… It has so many colors and textures and it’s very interesting because there is an overwhelming disparity of beauty and ugliness everywhere.
What gear have you relied on during your progression as a photographer?
My first camera was a Pentax K1000, which is still my favourite camera. Nowadays I shoot digital with a Canon 60D. I also like to play around with toy cameras like the Holga.
Can you tell me about any great moments you’ve had as a photographer?
One of my favorite photography trips was when I went on tour with my friend’s band Winter. We drove from Los Angeles all the way up to Seattle. We stayed with friends and camped along the way. It was my first time going up the Pacific North West and I was overwhelmed by how beautiful it is!
What do you attempt to convey from your photography?
I think wanderlust is a big element that I try to convey, the desire to explore the world and capture essence of different places.
Which local and international photographers inspire you?
Some of my favourite photographers are Lina Scheynius, Lukasz Wierzbowski, Shae Detar, and Alison Scarpulla.
Is there anything you would like to say to up-and-coming photographers?
Don’t be discouraged if your photographs suck at first. It’s incredible how much you learn by just doing something over and over again. I used to get frustrated by the gap I felt between my work vs. the artists that inspire me. But now that just motivates me to work harder. I’m excited for how much I have left to learn and improve.
Where can we find more of your work?
You can find my photographs, collages, and films at:
- My Website: www.lorenalvarado.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/thesamedreams
- Tumblr: www.thesamedreams.tumblr.com