Who Shot The Diva?
Last week I stepped into the spotlight and shined my pearly whites for international photographer Angelica Arbulu, a gorgeous Spaniard who might as well have been a super model posing for the camera rather than hiding behind it!
Angelica has a fascinating story. Born in Mexico (to parents from Spain), she has lived on four continents and considers herself a cultural mutt – although one might say if she’s a mutt, then we’ve just established a new pedigree that is certain to be all the rage! Her wealth of experience permeates her vision of the world and her art. She qualified as a clinical psychologist and, with many years experience in humanitarian work, her focus is on people and human relations. One look at her website and you can see her specialty is capturing the different levels of personality and their essence through the mundane that is often overlooked.
I fear what the camera might reveal about me… at one point I was kissing a Piper Champagne bottle covered in red leather John Paul Gaultier corset! Artist Emma Fordham describes Angelica’s strength as “capturing people and places and making the everyday look beautiful and exotic.” If I were to list her strength, I would say it’s her ability to put people immediately at ease. A day with Angelika was therapy to my soul. Never has the camera been as un-intimidating as it was with her behind the lens!
Her eye misses nothing – Angélica begun studying photography in 1990 but is mostly self-taught. She had her first solo exhibition in 1993, and has exhibited solo and in groups in various cities throughout Europe, in Asia and the United States since. Her photos hang in private collections as well as in corporate establishments, and have been used for publications throughout the world. She uses digital media, and views the photograph as only the first step in the process, playing with textures, different printing media, collage or hand-painting and digital editing in order to enhance what is already there.
Angelica explains, “I do portraits, be it of a person, a place or a thing. I try to give an honest reflection of what I see, but I also want the outcome to be beautiful. Because I believe art should be beautiful, but also because there is beauty in everything”.
The experience was sensational… We started our photo shoot at the Hotel Des Indes in The Hague, sipping champagne, (while trying to hold a giant silver reflecting screen under the table and look natural whist doing so!) and then we moved onto 2 of my favorite antique shops in Europe to finalize the photo shoot!
Neeltje Twiss Art, Antiques and Interiors
* Apologies for the graininess of some of these photos – they were taken only with my Blackberry…
The Antiques Diva™
(shooting Angelica with my Blackberry while she’s shooting me)
P.S. BLOG ALERT: I’ve just discovered that Angelica also writes a personal blog – you must check out her insightful words and wisdom!