The gentle touch of Mariel Cortés
Today we present Mariel Cortés, a young photographer from Mexico City, whose works are a celebration of femininity and youth, of sweet erotism typical of those who shoot without malice.
After studying photography, Mariel attended the School of Cinema and now she works in a production company as a still photographer for movies and television; without forgetting her personal projects, such as the direction of one short film and preparing the next, called “Pastel”, about her childhood memories. She got close to photography when she was a teenager, as a joke, however Mariel remained totally fascinated: her first pictures were mostly self-portraits and portraits of her friends and family, inspired by the work of the director and set designer Chantal Ackerman, of the painter Edward Hopper and of the writer Juan Rulfo.
Her shots are intuitive, personal, melancholic, spontaneous but also very intimate, often touching the theme of the female nude. In the project “Untold Sisters” Cortés examines for example the issue of identification, comparing two young women who are very similar and seem almost sisters without being in the reality, who learn to appreciate themselves looking through the eyes of the other. Among her points of reference in the world of photography today we find Alessandra Sanguinetti, Alex Prager, Mariela Sancari and Jonas Bendiksen. And just like the famous title of Jim Jarmusch, Mariel Cortés cannot help but “Coffee and sigarettes”.
Here, there is her portfolio: http://pickingfreckles.tumblr.com/