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Today we’d like to introduce you to Eilene Beniquez.

Eilene, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I fell in love with photography when I was 12 years old and my parents bought me a disposable camera. I started shooting random images and then when I was 16 my dad bought me a Nikon F10 film camera for my Photo class in high school. After that I spent my teen years shooting mini “editorials” in class as assignments. I believed I wanted to do Fashion Photography. I dreamed of one day shooting for teen vogue. As I grew; and eventually went to photography college in Los Angeles, I would learn I had a different path that I thought. I fell in love with documentary style portraits; street portraits. In 2016 I created The Women Project on Instagram. I page dedicated to the words and faces of women of color. It is my child, a work in progress but I am grateful to have started it. Recently I began to get into writing and illustrating. always a student, I love that all art connects. And I’ve met some amazing fellow artists along the way. And one teenage dream did come true, I did an event for Teen Vogue straight out of college. 12-year-old Eilene was so proud! But I have moved in from fashion, though I still admire it from afar.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I was aiming for commercial when I was younger and going through art school. I loved well done photoshoots (still do! it’s a lot of work) but I stripped my style the last 6 years. I’ve ended up at more documentary style portraits. Real people, no extra makeup or assistants. I shoot people on the street, and I get their real reactions if I can. I enjoy the look of real people, their voices and their poses. Reality and real stories are very trendy right now because people are hungry for the truth in anything they can get it from. I’ve also worked on some indie films over the years with strong female leads. That was been a surprising turn but a wonderful experience.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
Your art will change year after year. Do not fight your growth. If you fear something, it’s probably because its new and exciting (in terms of art). Take chances in art, and never ever apologize for taking up space and time. Also, join that art group you think you would like, or DM that artist you admire. Community is extremely important in the world of art, create your community asap. They will raise you up and support you no matter what.

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All images shot by Eilene Beniquez

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