ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Ni de aquí, ni de allá. Maria vivió la mitad de su vida en México y lo demás lo ha vivido en el Este de Los Ángeles. She has looked for a place she can finally feel welcomed. El entorno en el que creció ha sido confuso, un lado de su cerebro le dice que pertenece en México porque nació y creció allí pero la otra mitad le dice que su nueva vida pertenece en un país que no la quiere por ser como es.
Maria Evelyn Romero Gomez is an artist currently attending East LA College. As a child, she never thought of photography as a job or career for a woman of color like herself because most photographers she met were men. It’s important for her to be someone people can look up to and see similar characteristics they possess themselves.
Las Fotos Project a non-profit organization located in LA gave her an opportunity to hold a camera for the first time, this opened a door to her interest in film photography.
Despite not having access to teachings on how to use or develop film, this did not stop her from teaching herself how to use a film camera. Later on, she finally decided to invest in a film developing kit and since then she has been shooting, developing, and scanning her own film. In 2019 Maria received The Foto Award in the Self- Expression category. Self-portraiture became a healing process that she hopes others are able to relate to. Maria worked as a photographer and creative director for a launching campaign at Lander LA, this creative control gave her the opportunity to represent newbies who are trying to break free from the toxic dominated vibes that already exist in the skating culture. Maria had the opportunity to present “Flow, a Community’s Relationship to Water” to UN ambassadors. In collaboration with three other artists, they investigated the connections that exist between the global water crisis and Los Angeles using a combination of photography, storytelling, and field research.