DLS Art Gallery Artist #5: M. Martinez

M.Martinez is a photographer fascinated by the feelings that photography can stir. M is interested in the power of imagery and creates projects that are intentional, and rooted in subtlety. Each image is a collaboration with the subject and are driven by a desire to diversify the media that we are presented with everyday in the world.

El Mundo Jaspeado is a fine art series intended to grant a glimpse into the beauty of the human form. The series features men, women, and couples from all over the northwest. These people share their strength, beauty, and connection to one another. Each photo is inspired by a desire to see a broader representation within the figurative artistry of the human form. A portion of the series will be on display at the Dirty Little Secrets art during Kinkfest.

Prints from additional projects like “Curves” and “Immersed”, a series currently o display at the Morpho Gallery, will be available in the art store during kinkfest. To see more images of these series and other works by M.Martinez visit Crescent Shine Consignment Shop on N. Killingsworth St. or www.mmartinezphoto.com

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M.Martinez – Dirty Little Secrets Artist #6

I am pleased to introduce you to our artists for 2018.

Introducing: M.Martinez

Jaspeado Mundo. MMartinezPhoto1I would describe myself as a story driven photographer. I believe that the best photos occur, when you’re comfortable with the person behind the camera, so it’s always been important to me to know what story I’m telling with the images I capture.

As I’ve grown as an artist I’ve found my focus shifting more towards themed projects. Projects that are intentional and provocative. I want to highlight the bodies I see in the world, bodies that we claim as our own every day. My art projects are often meant to not only empower those I’m photographing, but to inspire the viewer as well. Body positivity, gender inclusiveness, and ethnic diversity are common themes in all of my photography projects.

At Kinkfest I’ll be showing a set from my series “Jaspeado Mundo, Variegated Art”. The project is about the beauty of people and features figurative images that focus on color, contrast, and shadow. Each model represents a feeling and is meant to signify strength, confidence, vulnerability, and arousal.

I find that people are surrounded by so many ideas, projections, and expectations in our culture. So, finding one’s own definition of beauty and learning the power in acceptance of self can be difficult when being contrasted against what one “ought” to be. The series was initially inspired after the 2016 presidential election. The United States experienced an out pour of hate towards women, the LGBT community, & people of color and as a Hispanic woman I suddenly felt immersed in a society that I didn’t visually see myself in. Jaspeado Mundo, is my way of showing the beauty of strength in people despite this hatred.

My sister was my first model because like me, she was also experiencing displacement in the society we live in. She would tell me about encounters where people would say the cruelest things to her, because of her skin tone, gender, body, and even her sexuality! Every story she told me, and every experience I had made me feel more and more like society that was adamantly rejecting those who didn’t fit it’s mold. Her set is called “Immersed” and began as it’s own project. I wanted to capture the grace and beauty of my sister while allowing her to feel confident in her skin.

I’ll be displaying 5 images from her set at Kinkfest with the remainder of the series set to be on display at Club Privata in July. I’ll also have 3 limited prints from my series curves in the Dirty Little Secrets art store. There are 5, 11×14 prints of each images available.

“Curves” is mini erotic photo series intended to focus on the subtle curves of people’s bodies and was on display at kf in 2016. The series was inspired by an outtake from the Littles in the Dungeon series. I found myself infatuated with the curvature of the models arm and the contrast of everything around it, as an artist I was drawn into the shadows and texture of her body. The image made me want to feature each figure in a unique way.

A picture can say so much, what do you want YOURS to say?
www.MmartinezPhoto.com