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Meet Imma Barrera

Today we’d like to introduce you to Imma Barrera.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Since I was a child, I have been fascinated by nature and its beauty: the colors and the shapes, the harmonious and the dramatic, the big living creatures and the tiny microscopic organisms. I grew up watching several TV programs filmed by scientists like Jacques Cousteau, Carl Sagan and David Attenborough among many. I wanted to be like them and share that beauty with everybody. No wonder I became a biologist and a scientist.

Photography has been one of the tools I used to collect data for my research and my camera was with me wherever I went. In late 2015, I embarked in a career change and followed my passion for this form of art and joined the New York Institute of Photography to hone my skills and vision.

I identify myself both as a scientist and an artist combining the analytical skills and scientific curiosity, my love of nature and the world around us, with the artistic sense of beauty and storytelling of photography.

Please tell us about your art.
I love to explore, experience new things and places, getting lost but, at the same time, being in touch with my surroundings. I like to observe wildlife in its environment too.

In my photography, I love capturing all forms of nature, including also the magic and colors, the mystery and mysticism of any landscape (or cityscape), from sunset to sunrise, using longer exposures and a variety of filters. The world looks different during these hours and with a camera it is possible to see details not so distinguishable with the naked eye. The camera allows us to see our dark surroundings in all its wonderful colors in a vastly different way than our eyes are able to perceive it. Taking a photograph during this time requires a different level of sophistication from the photographer too, specialized gear and certainly a tripod, more planning and exposure calculations, and more caffeine too!

As a passionate biologist, photographer and conservationist, I feel uniquely positioned to capture, from an analytical and scientific perspective, the beautiful and fascinating world that surround us and to use those images to educate others and help preserve and protect our natural treasures.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
With the new digital cameras, photography is going through a golden age but at the same time, it has become a commodity. Pictures are everywhere and not all are created equal! There is a lot of “noise” that buries the work of many talented photographers.

There are people who do not understand talent and the amount of work a photographic art piece takes. For instance, I have been told many times that I have a great camera but it is not the camera that creates art. Could you imagine telling a chef that has just cooked a delicious meal that his/her microwave must be state of the art?!!

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
The easiest way for people to support my work is simply to help me reach a bigger audience by following me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/imma.photo/) or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/imma.photo/) and sharing (with credit) my pictures.

My portfolio can be found online through my website (www.imma.photo) and I published a monthly newsletter with photography tips, exhibits and workshops (http://eepurl.com/djgg-f).

My work has been exhibited at numerous galleries in NJ, PA and CA and if the opportunity comes I would certainly love to exhibit in Houston and meet you all!!! I have won several awards and online photography competitions, including a solo exhibit that can be seen on YouTube https://youtu.be/GhsWy19z3jY)

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