Today we’d like to introduce you to Anna Divinagracia.
Hi Anna, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
As an immigrant, I often have memories of home that I cannot validate because I have no proof it happened and because I can’t just easily go to places to validate them. So I started taking pictures as a way to capture and store a memory that I wanted to remember forever.
I got my first DSLR camera at the age of 13, my first year in America. Back then I did not really know how to use it but I was documenting whatever I interact with in middle school. Even though it did not stick with me back then, that same camera became the first camera I started to shoot professionally with 5 years later.
At the age of 18 and right out of high school, I found interest in art– including music, poetry, visual art, and of course photography. I would bring that camera around with me to every party and get together and would take pictures of my friends in whatever creative way that we can come up with.
I taught myself everything that I know now. From how to shoot and focus to how to develop and scan. The goal is still the same. I aim to freeze time to make a present moment live forever.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a smooth road in the sense that I feel very accomplished by meeting my creative needs.
However, as a full-time freelance artist and photographer, it becomes frustrating to keep things stable. Some months are better than the others and the clientele and market are very elastic. I struggle with feelings of underrepresentation, knowing that the industry is usually a male-dominated field.
Also, it is a struggle to find resources for me as an artist. Still, I feel very satisfied knowing that I am doing what I love to do.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a visual artist and a photographer. I create art by capturing my reality and by creating my own reality through sets and creative direction. I am most proud of my most recent photo series, Jezebel. Jezebel is a photo series that explores women within the lens of society.
It is a study of gender constructs and the countless responsibilities that women are born into and ultimately grow into. It aims to shed light on the unfair expectations assigned to women based on gender while celebrating the innate or acquired traits that women have. This series is in honor of women and the countless ways that we uplift and improve society as a whole.
Jezebel is inspired by the women in my life who empower and inspire me daily. I come from generations of powerful matriarchs who have paved the way and opened doors that enabled me to have the opportunities that I have today. This project is an ode to the women that love, support, and motivate me.
Directed and photographed by Anna Divinagracia.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
My family for believing in me despite not understanding what it is that I do.
Coming from an immigrant family, you get used to being pushed into the STEM field and being discouraged from unreliable fields like the art world. My family remains supportive of me and I love them for that. I also would like to credit my friends for being amazing artists themselves and for continuously inspiring and motivating me.
I would not be who I am today without them. Lastly, I would like to thank my amazing partner, Bnai, for being my biggest supporter and ally. She always helps me with sets and assistance with whatever I need for shoots.
- $500 photoshoot.
- $1000 video shoot.
- Email about gallery placements and other opportunities.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: annadivinagracia.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/divinagraciaphoto/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/dlvinagracia