Who are you?
My story is complex. How I got here is nowhere near simple; in fact, I would say it’s somewhat of a miracle. I explored the world of fashion early on in my life and I have pictures and videos of myself sewing pieces of cloth, drawing fashion models, pasting ripped up pages from Vogue magazines onto my wall, and so much more. I’ve been a dreamer and a doer since day one. With the circumstances I endured, it is a true victory that I got to where I am today. My story is my value. From the tragedies, to poverty, through every planet size obstacle, I made it over the mountain. From two Salvadoran immigrants, born in a special town called Long Beach in California, a bright light came to life and my name is Sandy K. Lopez. My mission statement is to inspire revolutionary change through my photography.
What is your next creative project?
Public speaking is another passion of mine and the projects that I am currently working away today, involve me speaking to the massives about my Natural Beauty Movement. My idea is to broadcast my line of work through social media platforms in the forms of videography and photography, and in real life through live speeches. Another dream of mine is explore the world of collaborations with big name magazines to spread my light and my line of work; with the intention to inspire the world with a new truth.
How would you describe your work?
My philosophy is that beauty is a feeling and that is what I hope others feel when they visit my site, or see my work elsewhere. My approach is to capture the essence of a person through photography, with minimal edits. The idea is to keep it raw, authentic, bold, and colorful, in order to create a physically and energetically appealing photograph. It’s all about the movement, the serenity, and freedom to me. These are the elements that I like infuse into my work. This is why my photoshoots feel organic, because they require a lot of time, just like the blossoming of a deeply colored rose, that is rich in scent.
Who are your biggest influences in the industry?
I just adore dreamers who have worked their way up from very humble beginnings. The ones who stand tall with integrity, with grace, with strength and with a lot of light. Those are the kinds of people that inspire me to continue my practice of embodying truth through photography and in my life. I also admire innovative artists in the realms of architecture, design, and the vast world of art. The ones who curate their work slowly and carefully, considering every aspect of their project; in order to create a seamless masterpiece. In fact, Portfoliobox houses many of these artists and designers that I admire from contemporary interior designers to cutting edge architects, and photographers alike.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
I would hope that my viewers to come to my site and immediately get a sense of the message I try to convey through photography. Which is that beauty is a feeling. I hope that my work inspires my audience to listen to what they feel when they see my photographs. My photographs are intentionally crafted to inspire you to take your time examining every inch of life, down to the curls of a leaf, to the colors of the sky, or the essence of the subject.
What do you like about Portfoliobox?
I’ve been using Portfoliobox for six years now, & I’m always delighted by the fact that we have been evolving together. I’ve seen this platform change overtime and it just recently it got a serious new upgrade; just like myself and my site. It’s been a neat process to witness and be apart of, and that is what makes me feel connected to Portfoliobox. They are always doing their fair share of being involved in the process, by checking in via email with their intention to be of assistance. Since Portfoliobox is housed by a close knit group of genuine people in Sweden; I’m always able to talk to a live person whom I have already know. At this point in the journey, it’s likely that I have spoken to more than half of them by now! The fact that I get to learn their names and connect with those at Portfoliobox is only one of my favorite things about them. I always feel lucky for coming across this platform because it’s easy for me to edit on my own and for it’s minimalistic aesthetic. Which is perfect for artists, designers, and photographers like myself. I’m proud to be apart of this community.