Through the
Looking Glass

mandy martinez

Mandy Martinez is a 21-year-old freelance photographer residing in Manila, Philippines. Her inspiration comes from the movies she watches, from the people she meets, and the constant urge to find different ways to look at things.


How did the idea for the series come about?


There’s a small window in the day where the light hits just right. I wanted to capture that moment in a magical way using fabrics, reflections, and these glass prisms I had. And then we kind of just took it from there. These days I prefer not to plan too much, I think it kills the creative flow.


How do you approach these intimate shoots?


I usually collect a few images to send to the model before the shoot so they get some sort of idea of how it will be. Then they’re free to take whatever kind of approach they’d like. As long as it’s comfortable and natural for them, then it’s good with me.


Can we photograph the female body differently in a more powerful way?


Of course. If we’re able to capture a woman’s individualism in the photo, not just the shape of her body, that’s something very powerful.


What inspires you?


Sad movies with killer cinematography haha.


How would you define beauty?


Anything honest.


Film or digital?


That’s hard. Both?


What makes you happy?


Good conversations, afternoon jogs, going to the beach, visiting places I haven’t been to yet.


What’s next for you?


Just keep creating, and hopefully learning more about myself through the things I produce.

photography: mandy martinez

model: tessa burton