Spanish born Londoner Lucia Garcia captures intimate portraits of female subjects with the aim of empowering women through her art. Shooting exclusively on 35mm and using natural light, her provocative and contemporary style promotes feminine erotica and defies the societal status quo of female sexuality.
How did the idea for the series come about?
When I first met Poppy I knew she is one of a kind. Whenever I meet someone new I want to take photos of … this new energy between us is very inspiring. That’s how everything starts really! The fact that Poppy had never posed for a camera before made me think that we had to create something beautiful together. She has the most beautiful and biggest smile and eyes and I wanted to capture her beauty through her personality. She also happened to have a friend who let us use her amazing maisonette in the heart of Primrose Hill on the day and everything was very much improvised as we went through the film. Then at the very end of the morning we saw this incredibly beautiful rainbow peering through the bathroom and we went completely mad about it!
Can we photograph the female body in a more powerful way?
The female body is incredibly complex and difficult to work with. There are endless ways to approach it and we live in a very exciting time as this speech is constantly changing and evolving. What I have experienced is that by providing women their self-esteem and confidence, by making them feel sexy and beautiful, you are giving them power – so yes, absolutely! Photography is a real tool to empower women and the way I’ve been doing it is creating the atmosphere where they can express themselves and find their real potential.
How would you define beauty?
Beauty is that energy or electricity you feel with someone or something which doesn’t let you go.
What inspires you and what makes you happy?
The fact that the women I photograph feel beautiful, sexy and empowered after they look at the scans. It’s something that keeps me going and inspires me to do the next one.
Film or digital?
Always film – the way I work with 35mm has an authentic and pure way to look at reality, it doesn’t necessarily enhance it or exacerbate. I always try to shoot one roll per shoot as it keeps it brief and exciting, and only in natural light. Somehow film has the power to create that intimate atmosphere where magic happens.
Lastly, what’s next for you?
I want to start a series with couples and photograph them in the same way I do with the female body – see if I can capture the electricity and intimacy of something as beautiful as two people in love.