Meet the Artist: Andrea Mendoza
Where’d it all start?
When I was around 12 years old my parents got me a Canon Rebel 35mm. I always loved taking photos, I loved the idea that you can capture memories…that there was this thing you can look at that proved you were there and could conjure up lived experiences. Besides that, I just always felt I needed to take photographs without even really understanding why…it was just a need.
Favorite photo you’ve taken and why?
If I am, to be honest, I don’t have a favorite photo. It’s been a minute since I’ve taken a photo that I can genuinely say I love. I love this photo, it came out exactly what I had envisioned and it’s so satisfying being able to capture what I had stirring in my mind. It’s a 30 second exposure on 4x5 portra 160 sheet film. The complimentary colors gives me that beautiful blue hour vibes.
Where do you feel the most inspired?
Definitely West Texas or the Southwest in general. There is magic in the landscape, it’s no wonder all types of artists find themselves out there. Although when I lived in New York City it was candyland for a photographer, it’s definitely a close 2nd.
What advice do you wish you could give to your younger self?
To trust you are good enough, to nurture your talent, and always stay true.
Favorite photographer or artistic inspiration?
Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon. Although they are very different photographers, they both have such a gift for finding that unique quality in each person they photograph. In their eyes, their body, their spaces…it’s beyond inspiring.
Favorite book, TV show, or movie from the past year?
Well just because I cried my eyes out just 10 minutes ago watching the finale of Heartstopper, I will say that is my favorite TV show I have seen recently. Better Call Saul was what I saw just before that and I was obsessed with it. Also! I recently saw the movie Everything, Everywhere, All at Once. My new favorite movie in recent times.
Last meal on earth? (food, setting, people, etc.)
Last meal on earth…well that’s a big decision. I feel the need to make it simple. Homeslice Pizza, with my family on a beach.