Photo by Isabel
“For me the figures of power, courage, and inspiration have been women, so for me, it is very important to capture images of them”
We’re going to take a bet that you, like us, spend a wee bit of time lost down the rabbit hole of YouTube/Instagram/Snapchat. Amiright? Well down the rabbit hole we went, lost in the beauty, the weird and the wonderful, when we stumbled across the portrait photography of a young artist, Isabel Tirado.
At 21 years of age, Isabel’s work holds a maturity and beauty that belies her years. Born in Maracay, Venezuela, Isabel is a photographer with an obvious talent for fashion photography. In addition to photography, she works in illustration, graphic design, and production for a television program.
Isabel’s work is clearly defined by a dreamy, subtle and muted palette of colors, a distinct feminine power and an ability to capture human vulnerability in the moment of exposure. She says, “When I started out in photography I always liked portraits, I was very inspired to capture the unique beauty of people, that beauty that makes them who they are.”
Growing up, Isabel was surrounded by people who inspired her creative genius, “since I was little I was surrounded by people with an artistic spirit, I have always liked to draw, dance and sing,” says Isabel, “I knew I wanted to be an artist and so at university, I studied Social Communication (Advertising and Public Relations) and through it I found photography”.
With a distinctly feminine beauty captured throughout her works, Isabel says she’s inspired by the wonderful women in her life, “for me the figures of power, courage, and inspiration have been women, so for me, it is very important to capture it.”
Beyond powerful and courageous women. Isabel finds creative influences in musicians, other artists and photographers, and activists. “I take inspiration from feelings like fear, joy, and anger.. [but] inspiration can come from anywhere.”
The forward-thinking artist believes young women can take more than just an appreciation for beauty from the arts, she believes photography can “help you capture what you think and feel, it can help you connect with other people”. Of her own work, Isabel goes on to say, “When I take photographs, one of my main objectives is that viewers and my subjects feel identified so that everyone can see how beautiful and powerful we are.”
On growing up and advice for surviving the teenage years, Isabel says, “Trust yourself, trust who you are and your abilities. Don’t be so hard on yourself because we can become our worst critics. Enjoy life with all nuances. Do not be a toxic person and run away from people who are like that. Always try to be a better person every day. It is not wrong to be wrong, you are not perfect and there is always the option to start from scratch.”