It's all about girls girls girls for the Mexican photographer
During his childhood in Mexico, Rafael Martinez became fascinated by the role of photography in fossilizing our histories. He has been carrying around a disposable camera everywhere in order to do this; but what he’s really been doing is creating his own narrative, where his ‘girls’ are actresses playing out a scene. Martinez has already been commissioned by Vice and Nylon Mexico to create these stories; Images which exude sex, but also retain a playful naivety that is really compelling. Here Dazed Digital finds out a bit about the ideas behind his work.
It’s about who will be the perfect complement for the photo, sometimes I create stories in my head that fit with a girl I barely know. I never think of someone because they’re sexy; I look for someone with a strong presence who complements the story I’m trying to project
Dazed Digital: Your blog is called 'girls girls girls' why are all your images of girls?
Rafael Martinez: I didn’t initially intend to call it girls girls girls it just ended up being that. I started working with my female friends and it really enjoyed doing that but I’m exploring new things now. I take my camera everywhere and shoot different kind of objects; whatever I think is beautiful but not necessarily attractive for other people’s eyes.
DD: Is it just about finding someone sexy?
Rafael Martinez: No it’s not, It’s about who will be the perfect complement for the photo, sometimes I create stories in my head that fit with a girl I barely know. I never think of someone because they’re sexy; I look for someone with a strong presence who complements the story I’m trying to project.
DD: It is unusual for a photographer of women not to take nude portraits. Why have you decided to avoid this?
Rafael Martinez: The thing is that I’m actually looking forward to do a series of nude photographs with girls and/or boys and to explore a new side of photography. I don’t want to be defined as someone who only takes pictures of girls. All I want to do is create, explore and learn.
DD: New plans and projects?
Rafael Martinez: I'm working on a zine about youth, sex and love I'm looking for writers, photographers, illustrators, musicians all over the world that project something in a real and honest way. I don't want any labels like "this is for men or woman" I want this to be for everbody. I’m trying to promote open mindedness about sexuality, race and religion, so hopefully this will come through in the finished zine.