Written by Vicky Marquez, 14

Vicky is an introspective girl who has a gift of connecting with people, getting really close to them and capturing their essence and emotions in her portraits. She also likes to explore unusual angles and experiment with editing in Photoshop. She has been with LFP for almost 2 years and this is how she describes her experience:

Las Fotos Project has been one of the best experiences in my life. Thanks to all the different assignments we get, I have learned so much about myself and the importance of creativity and responsibility. I also adore the other two students at LFP: Luzia and Keren. And of course, I love photography. Our mentor has given me tools for me to know that I want to do this for the rest of my life.

I have grown so much as a person during this project including learning about new places and appreciating art, understanding myself and my values better and learning that we all change over time, especially during this period of our lives. The different assignments have helped me love myself much more, embrace and love more my friends and family, which I feel will always be there for me, supporting me in this path.

Of all the different activities we’ve worked on, I particularly love The Gratitude Project (@thegratitudeprojectvzla). It has helped me appreciate other people and the little things they do for me.

With LFP we’ve visited and rediscovered amazing places such as our local Botanical Garden, local storytellers, book collectors and other artists. Other assignments, such as the ones involving portraits, have helped me come closer to people and capture special moments with my camera. Through photography, I’ve learned to value everything that surrounds me and see how unique and special my life is.

Photography will always be there for me. It makes me want to travel, see new places, or simply get out of my house and take pictures. I’ve always liked the idea that one image can take many different meanings; there is no single way to interpret it. I don’t think there is anything that I enjoy more than composing a photograph with my camera.