Jul 18, 2016

A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest

Hello loves! 
For those that know me, photography has truly been my catharsis. I've experienced first-hand how it can help heal a heart, ask and answer questions and provide a deeper meaning to life. 
Today I thought I'd share a newer series that is really meaningful to me which I've been working on since the beginning of 2014 called A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest, which takes its title from an Emily Dickinson poem. This series illustrates the universally shared experience of loss using ice as a metaphor for life's hardships. Particularly for me, the loss of my parents. After my mothers passing in 2006 and my fathers in 2010 I found a bit of solace in the poetry of Emily Dickinson. Its similar to listening to the melancholic soulful music of Billie Holiday when I've gone through past heartbreak.

I felt a funeral in my brain,
And mourners, to and fro,
Kept treading, treading, till it seemed
That sense was breaking through.

And when they all were seated,
A service like a drum
Kept beating, beating, till I thought
My mind was going numb.

And then I heard them lift a box,
And creak across my soul
With those same boots of lead, again.
Then space began to toll

As all the heavens were a bell,
And Being but an ear,
And I and silence some strange race,
Wrecked, solitary, here.

Titles for the images in this series are excerpts from Emily Dickinson poems
I felt a funeral in my brain © Brandy Trigueros 2015
the heaven we chase © Brandy Trigueros 2014

You can see more images from A Wounded Deer Leaps Highest under 'Portfolios' on my website or by clicking here

A behind-the-scenes with my amazing assistant Eddie!
I'll leave you with one more Emily Dickson poem...

HOPE is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I've heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

Jul 17, 2016

Land of Fire and Ice

Eddie and I journeyed to what truly felt like the center of the earth, to a land of Vikings, elves, hidden people and trolls in Iceland! It was a magnificent minefield of explosive energy and by far one of the most unique landscapes all-around we've had the pleasure of visiting.
We drove the ring road and our first stop was Vik, a southern village in Iceland where we spent some time on the black-sandy shore of Reynisfjara
Can you see the dog peeking up at me (bottom center of frame)?
These impressive basalt columns are formed by the cooling of lava flow
According to legend, two night-trolls attempted to drag a three-masted ship to land but were caught by the dawn and turned to stone as daylight broke
I fell in love with the Icelandic horses which almost resemble ponies because of their smallish size. Apparently they are one of the oldest and purest of equine breeds in the world. Originally brought to Iceland by Vikings
I could lay here all-day
first dinner in Iceland was delicious!
We stumbled upon this glacial lagoon around 11 pm and just sat there in the blue of "night" and took in the mesmerizing scene as icebergs floated by
endless picturesque views as we drove along the ring road
We made our way to Reykjavik and saw this beautiful exhibit, The Weather Diaries at The Nordic House by artists Sarah Cooper and Nina Gorfer who collaborated with different designers from Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands
(above image © Cooper & Gorfer)
As we walked inside, I got chills from this incredible hand-made dress from designers Gudrun & Gudrun
We also visited the National Gallery of Iceland where we saw this sculpture by Berlinde de Bruyckere
as well as these self-portraits and text works by Jona Hlif
"I dream of a man dressed in an Icelandic wool sweater and naked from the waist down playing the accordion while I beat him with a dry fish"
No trip to Iceland is complete without visiting the Blue Lagoon!
They provide silica masks while you soak in the warm geothermal waters
I made several self-portraits while exploring this magical land, here are some of my favorites
Until we meet again Iceland!

Jun 29, 2016

Honorable Mention ~ HOME Contest

Hello and happy summertime to all!
My image Temperamental received an honorable mention in the HOME contest through Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, take a look here!
Thank you to all the jurors!

Jun 20, 2016

In memory of mom

"We all have a personal pool of quicksand inside us where we begin to sink and need friends and family to find us and remind us of all the good that has been and will be."

10 years ago today my heart was shattered by the loss of my beautiful beloved best friend, my mother Sherryl at the young age of 60. Although a piece of my heart will always remain missing, I am forever grateful for all the words of encouragement, prayer and utmost love and support from friends and family throughout these years.
I'd especially like to thank my husband Eddie who would hold me many a nights as I cried myself to sleep.
You have been my rock. 
Thank you dearest loves, from the depths of my heart, thank you.
Mother, 6 Months © Brandy Trigueros

May 13, 2016

7th Annual Center Forward

Beyond thrilled to be selected for the 7th Annual Center Forward Exhibition at The Center for Fine Art Photography! Heartfelt thanks to the wondrous jurors Hamidah Glasgow & Aline Smithson!!
Such an honor!

The exhibition can be viewed here
Opening reception will be held on Friday, September 9th

May 3, 2016

Curiouser and curiouser

"It's no use going back to yesterday because I was a different person then." ~Lewis Caroll
A peek at our Alice in Wonderland unbirthday tea party over the weekend...thank you to my darling Mad Hatter for the surprise fun!

My actual birthday was celebrated in Palm Springs with a wonderful community of photographers during the Palm Springs Photo Festival, including Julie Blackmon who shared her process, influences which are mostly drawn from Dutch and Flemish genre painters and heart. 
Here Julie shares some of her work prints
I thoroughly enjoyed the pool in the lovely Mid-century modern house we were lucky to visit...I love these miniatures I found
After an inspirational day of photographing and swimming, a slideshow of my work was presented at the Annenberg Theater of the Palm Springs Art Museum, what an absolute honor.
Thank you to Jeff Dunas and all those involved with helping to make the festival a fantastic one!

Mar 29, 2016

APA LA Off the Clock Personal Photography Exhibition ~ April 9th

Thank you to Julie Grahame, curator for this years APA LA Off the Clock Personal Photography Exhibition who selected my below image for the exhibition. The gala opening will be held on Saturday, April 9th at Santa Monica Art Studios from 7pm - 10pm 
Nesting © Brandy Trigueros 2014

Mar 23, 2016

LACP's 2nd Annual Gala and Print Auction Fundraiser

Hello loves! Happy Spring!

My below piece, Divided Heart, will be available for auction amongst so many amazing artists at Los Angeles Center of Photography's 2nd Annual Gala and Print Auction Fundraiser next week! All proceeds will go towards funding LACP's outreach programs with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles and the Spark Program. More details can be found here
Divided Heart © Brandy Trigueros

Nov 23, 2015

Musée Magazine Issue 13 "Women"

The latest issue of Musée Magazine, "Women" was just released and I'm thrilled to be one of the selected artists. This beautiful issue is solely dedicated to women artists and can be read here

Nov 11, 2015

A rainy day in Los Angeles

Some post-Halloween fun...
Eddie and I made paper mache masks and posed as our favorite mischievous magpies, Heckle and Jeckle!
Also, in case you missed the 2015 Lenscratch Mask Exhibition, take a peek here!

Oct 13, 2015

Your Daily Photograph

My self-portrait Les Merle is featured on YourDailyPhotograph today as part of their Paris exhibition.
Many thanks to Daniel Miller of Duncan Miller Gallery for the opportunity! 

Sep 23, 2015

Thanks for your support friends!

This past weekend was a whirlwind of fun! Thank you to all those who came out!
I dressed up for Friday's opening of The Marvelous Minds, a surrealist show on the Mezzanine of The Last Bookstore which I'm thrilled to be apart of!
My best pal Miss Mindy and a snippet of her wondrous piece she painted live
Isaac Takeuchi performed beautifully on the cello
With my Housewife piece

The show runs through November 1st if you find yourself in downtown LA

Slideluck on Saturday was a sugary sweet evening of photography! I brought this strawberry lemonade cake to the dessert potluck.
I was really excited to be one of the featured artists. Big thanks to all those involved with coordinating a great show and specifically to Evan O'Brien, director and awesome host!