whittier high skaters
l'amour est déchiré
tecolotlan, jalisco. september 24, 2020
this is my grandma gregoria from jalisco. she is the mother of my dad and the last time i got to see her was when i was two years old and thankfully i got to see her this past september. she is quite old and i wasn't sure when i would have another opportunity to see her so i decided that while i am not physically in school i can visit her in mexico.
pam + mo
these are some product shots that i took for a company called pam + mo. they are a company ran by two sisters named Pamela and Monica. they sent out a sweater and tote bag for us to photograph. the sweater and tote bag have the word "arte" which translates to art on it and are both really fashionable. while shooting these photos we had a special guest interrupt our photoshoot which ended up being a great photo opportunity.
this is a candle from the company called p.f candle and the sent is called Sunbloom. they are an LA based company ran by Kristen Pumphrey and Thomas Neuberger. these candles have a great smell to them and the best part about them is that they are handmade in california. when shooting this product i found it easy to shoot because their aesthetic is close to the type of aesthetic i enjoy. my idea for shooting the candle was to try and present it in a very simple environment with not to much color and stuff going on.
Xitlali Martinez is a 17-year-old LA-based photographer and senior at Whittier High School. Her love for photography began about 5 years ago when she was first introduced to it by her uncle. Later she joined Las Fotos Project and has been committed for almost four years. She is passionate about documenting the lives and living situations of her family and friends. Focusing on skate culture, Xitlali portrays the lives of youth during this difficult time and captures their story. Together with her interest in fashion photography, she is able to create photographs that define a community in her perspective. She hopes to one day further her experience within these fields.
When meeting new skater kids they all say the same thing - skating is a way for them to cope with their stress and school. Times are different and most skaters that I’ve gotten to know, rely on skateboarding as a way to escape from their difficult living situations. I am passionate about capturing these moments that make them feel the most alive.