Today we’d like to introduce you to Carla Cedeno.
Carla, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in Caracas, Venezuela on January 9,1996.
I got into photography when I was really young. I remember of old times when I was in my hometown and we held family reunions at my parents or any relative house and my family always called me to take pictures of the celebration. They started calling me the photographer of the family.
I started in photography with those digital cameras, and when my parents saw that I was really into it, they bought me my first camera, a Canon t3, the one I still use. I don’t know how I got that profound passion for photography when no one in my family has that artistic side. Maybe just one of my sisters that is into music, but that is a different art. My parents are computer engineers and my sisters, one is a social communicator, and the other is into business.
I took a photography course in Venezuela back in 2012 in the Roberto Mata School of Photography. Once I finished that course, I started taking photos of my sisters. I had my first kind of professional experience with my cousin Daniella when I took the pictures of her pregnancy. I still have those photos with me, and when I see them, I am impressed with myself of how much I have grown, improved, and learned throughout the time I dedicate to my art. After doing all this, I kept looking at photography as a hobby until last year that Alex, Gaby Aleixandre’s husband, added me to a group chat in Whatsapp called Miami Visuals Group. I joined this group of photographers and realized that this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Photography then became my passion.
When I joined the Whatsapp group, they started talking about this community called MIA Shooters, and that’s how everything started. This community held meetups and challenges every month. In each meetup, you get to meet models and creatives. I started to get serious with it doing photo shoots and building my portfolio. That’s when I ended up creating Carlulens to showcase my portraits. During all this time, I wanted to find what excited me about been there in front of the model and take her picture. I found out I’m interested in beauty and fashion.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I would go out, find unique places, and hidden gems that are there that nobody sees. Or people see it but not in the way I see it.
I get inspired by the little things. The way the sun hits in the late afternoon sunlight, warm and sweet like molten gold. This is the best time to go outside and take pictures.
I guess the main thing I would like people to take away from my pictures is the beauty in little things.
How can artists connect with other artists?
I don’t feel that being an artist makes you lonely. On the contrary, being an artist these days is about meeting and getting to know other people that share the same passion as you. Since I started this journey, I’ve met amazing creatives who are as passionate as myself. I’ve learned from them, and they have learned from me as well.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Most of my exposure has been through word of mouth and social media. If you go through Facebook and Instagram, you can see my work.
- Phone: 7083403817
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: InstagramCarla Cedeno (@carlulens) • Instagram phot …
- Facebook: https://pm.facebook.com/Lens-588094891535311//
Personal photo taken by Carlos Castillo