Daniela Trujillo is a well traveled (39 countries!) photographer originally from Colombia. She is currently based in Brooklyn and has been using PortfolioDeck since back when we were in beta.
Daniela’s portfolio web site on danielatrujillo.com is very diverse and contains photos from her work, personal projects and travels. It is well worth taking some time and explore it.
We did a interview with Daniela to get to know her a bit more and to hear her thoughts on having a portfolio website.
JONATHAN RICHMAN, 2009/ CACTUS CAFE, AUSTIN, TX
What are you up to right now, any current projects?
Currently, I am living in Brooklyn working within the music industry. I started years ago when I was a radio dj; photographing bands, interviewing them and from there friendships were established and from there I would join tours as a friend, as a photographer, as a tour mamma and later, as a tour manager.
I am currently working on a lactose intolerant photo series. Inspired by a lactose-intolerant friend I decided I wanted to photograph lactose-intolerant people when they give in and eat the shit out of that ice cream pint anyway, or down a glass of milk with their Oreos, that kind of thing.
Also, I am working on a piece for Vagina: the Zine about pubic hair. It’s such a personal choice but one that you can’t ever really know until… well, you get into someone’s pants. I think that porno-trends and other social stigmas convince men and women to do certain things to hair in all sorts of places and I find that rather interesting. The series will be of the genitalia of both men and women in an anonymous fashion to show the variety and the beauty or maybe what you don’t prefer from a partner’s lower parts?
I would truly like to work on a project in my home country of Colombia about the flowers my country produces and the annual festival known as La Feria de las Flores that celebrates their beauty. I also feel it is important for me to photograph my family - both here and the ones in Colombia.
Clues for upcoming projects include pilots, primordial dwarfs, italians, crying and many others.
I guess I truly want to deliver on so many aspects of photography. Sometimes it feels as if I will explode, I want to do so much, need to and have to but don’t know if I will be able to!
MOHAMMED THE BEDOUIN
What inspires you?
I have always known I have a calling to help people and I am a trained photojournalist. I often find it very hard to work with a blank canvas (like studio and editorial photography) because I am an observer and I document what is going on. Sometimes the subject I want to capture the most is the one I understand the least.
I love to photograph people because I love the exchange. I want to produce a moment in time in which any other person viewing that image can feel the exchange that took place. I also want people to see reality - the world is a contradiction; life is cruel and beautiful. It makes me want to capture it because even I need reminding of hope or despair and maybe then I will be motivated to do something, create something, end something, embrace something.
Humans, existence and this thing we call “life” inspire me.
I see you have been hanging out quite a bit in sweden, how do you like it here?
Oh Sverige! Yeah, I have been spending some time there, you could say that. I left last year after living in Stockholm for 8 months. While in Sweden I was on a Swedish radio show called SRPP3.
About 8 years ago I was in London and roomed with two Swedish sisters in a hostel, we went out, had a blast and exchanged emails. A few years later I wrote them to say I was going to Sweden, after that they came to visit me in Austin and I went back to Sweden for Christmas and the New Year of 08-09. That’s when I fell in love with Sweden. And as with all things dealing with love, don’t ask my why or how - it just happened. I vowed I would return that summer. And I did.
STEPHEN NGYUEN, 2009/ PHỞ THAI SON, THE DRAG, AUSTIN, TX
Any thoughts on creating and organizing a portfolio website?
I think every photographer has their own design and organizational aesthetic; they might also categorize things differently for reasons unknown. I am fortunate enough to have a large group of photographer peers, mentors and friends who taught me the value in letting others you trust constructively critique and suggest which image they think is stronger over another and why. Hell, that’s what I did throughout journalism school, as a photo editor of a newspaper and in my personal work.
Shortly I am going to be re-working my site here on PortfolioDeck. I need to add new work, redesign, get rid of images I no longer feel are strong enough and essentially move forward. It’s not only going to be work, but challenging. You want your work to be well displayed and so far PortfolioDeck has helped me with that.
I think constant drive, discipline, and updating are important in the world of photo portfolios. Too bad I am the world’s like, number 14th worst procrastinator!
But I will say this, your portfolio should reflect variety, capacity and sometimes it should be tailored according to the audience or client.
Be sure to checkout Daniela’s portfolio at danielatrujillo.com to see more of her work.