Alexandra Gomez is a film photographer and poet soon-to-be based in Barcelona, Spain. She believes in the magic of natural light and studies the expression of tenderness, self-exploration, and shape in her work. She has the words ‘art of living’ tattooed on her skin. She hopes to do them justice.
How did the idea for the series come about?
It kind of unfolded onto itself. Melaiah told me about this new lingerie piece she had purchased, something light and dainty. I instantly connected that to water. We wanted to go out of town and take a day trip to the coast. But the timing didn’t work out and we decided to use a bathtub. My bathroom has a shitty light. So I convinced her to let us use hers. Beyond that, it was just playing with the space, light, and some dead roses I found on the counter.
Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?
I think photos are 111x more powerful when the artist creates from a place of admiration and gratitude for the moment, the subject, etc., rather than trying to manipulate the shot at its very core. This genuine gratitude towards the female body is essential now more than ever. The female form is so inherently perfect that Photoshop, sexualization, and societal expectation are simply doing it an injustice. Being a female myself, I know that this body can be both wildly liberating and limiting. There is a lot of unlearning that has to happen – remembering that I am a sensual being, not inherently sexual, and practicing how to express and differentiate the two. As both a woman and an artist, I am practicing honesty. Not editing my photos is considered risky to some. I call it the truth telling.
How would you define beauty and what inspires you?
Beauty is a flow. There’s something cohesive about it and I can’t exactly articulate it justly. I’m inspired by light and the way it makes shapes in the early morning. Sylvia Plath. Frida Kahlo. The number 11, the color red, and water are some other big ones. I think you can be inspired by most things if you’re open to it. Look at the sky more often for instance.
Film or digital?
Film! Shout out to my roommate, Te, for getting me my first film camera earlier this year. I have no idea if I’m ‘doing it right’, but everything just feels more authentic when shooting on film. You have to be intentional about every piece of your shot. Awareness is vital. It’s something I’m always trying to integrate into my life with or without a camera.
What makes you happy and what’s next for you?
I’m moving to Barcelona this January! I’ll be studying, writing a lot of poetry, and practicing the art of leaning into discomfort. To say I’m excited is an understatement. Making art, traveling, self-learning, these are all integrated into my happiness. Or maybe it all boils down to knowing that I am free. Knowing that I am fluid.