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Meet Rebecca Borgen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Borgen.

Rebecca, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My family is the most important thing in my life.

Both of my parents are from Nicaragua, my mother Carmen is from the capital city Managua and my father Cesar is from Masaya. They didn’t meet until they both came to LA, my mom’s cousin Indiana and my dads best friend Julio introduced my parents. They fell in love and had two kids my older brother Ces and me. My brother Ces is a year older than me, and he is amazing in learning new things, he knows how to draw, graphic design, website maker, snow maker, deliveries.

Bartender, wood carver, and many more, he is an incredible human being. I am the smallest of two, but I always say to my friends that I have two older brothers Dany and Ces, Dany Is my godmothers/mom sisters son he is ten years older than me. He is a veteran that served for the Marines, he went to Iraq for almost a year came back safe and sound. All three of us were raised by my grandparents while our parents worked. My grandparents Tomasa and Exequiel are my mom’s parents.

Unfortunately, my grandmother had a heart attack when I was ten, she was diabetic after a week of being in the hospital the doctors unplugged the tub that was allowing her to breathe, and the next morning she was in a coma. Every morning and night my grandfather would go to the hospital and take care of her making sure she was never alone he loved her till the end, she sadly never woke up. She was in the coma for eight years. Some were in those eight years I started to suffer from panic and anxiety attacks.

My grandmother died my senior year in 2010 on September 15 at 3 am and was buried September 18 on her birthday. Two years later, my grandfather died of heartbreak which if anyone knew him would seem impossible he was a strong man that never showed any weakness. I loved my grandparents with all my heart. I was sad that I never had the opportunity of taking their pictures.

When I was a child, my Godmother Patricia Ballestero which at the time was taking photography classes used my siblings (Dany & Ces) and me as her models. I loved to model for her as a child, but I was more in love with her Rolleiflex film camera. I hardly have any memory of my grandmother but what I do remember is taking pictures with her and my grandfather. So it’s safe to say that thanks to my godmother she thought me to love photography, but I didn’t notice that until I started to take classes at Elac.

But I would have never taken a photography class if it wasn’t for my best friend, Jessica Portillo. She convinced me to finally take a photo class, I never took photo classes because I was being told it is expensive to be a photographer they weren’t wrong but thanks to my best friend I finally found my true passion and my future. My photography has been a part of me since I was a child and thanks to my godmother, my parents that allowed me to follow my dreams, my best friend, my professor Mike Tsai, and other amazing professors in the Elac photo department I would have never found my true passion.

I have met amazing people that have helped me in my life, I met them in my photo classes, like Juan Escobedo an amazing, caring and hardworking friend that I thank for giving me the opportunity to help him with is own amazing projects like Trash and tears, documentaries, and in taking pictures liked when his Short film Marisol was in theaters.

Thanks to photography and of course therapy my panic and anxiety attacks have been controlled. I am still till this day in school trying to get my AA in photography but little did I know I am close to also get my AA in art. I still haven’t figured out completely what I want out of my photography, but I am still learning and willing to fight for my photography.

Great, 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?
Photography is like any career; it starts hard, I have been fortunate enough to have my parents support my dream of becoming a photographer. Photography is about being unique or knowing ppl and to believe in oneself.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a portrait photographer but I hope to be more than a portrait photographer to become a landscape photographer would be amazing. To follow the footstep of the amazing Ansel Adams. I am known for doing dark portraits photography. For example, I have been working on my seven deadly sins project.

All the models must wear wraps around their face as a symbol of being blinded by our own sins, knowing that we must not sin, but yet we ignore the warnings. Yes, I do weddings, kids parties, baptism but the truth that’s not what I want to do. I wish to have more knowledge about photography.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
To be honest with people and always have respect. Not to allow people to take advantage of my work.

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Image Credit:
Juan Escobedo

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