In addition to graphic design and illustrations, Andrea enjoys telling stories about the human condition through her portrait photography.
“I enjoy creating portraits that challenge societal norms and provoke new ideals through means of visual art. I particularly enjoy portraiture because I believe that when people share their stories, we can bring unity and open-mindedness to our community.”
Some of her work was recently featured in Xico, Inc.’s “Deferred Dreams/Untold Stories” exhibit, a mixed collection of diverse pieces exploring themes related to DACA, DREAMers and future generations of immigrants. The exhibit was held at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in downtown Phoenix.
Andrea’s series of environmental portraits, entitled “LOVER, WORKER, DREAMER,” tells a story of perseverance and dedication. Subject Jorge, a DREAMer who was brought to Phoenix undocumented at only four years old, hasbeen able to support his education by working as a DACA student. But with just three semesters away from earning his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Arizona State University, recent Arizona Supreme Court rulings to revoke in-state tuition for DREAMers (on top of not being allowed financial aid) has made it increasingly more difficult for him to afford the remaining tuition. As a result, Jorge had no choice but to take time off school to work his construction job six days a week, 10 hours per day.
“This news is disheartening, but it does not discourage him,” says Andrea, who photographed Jorge at home, his construction job and on ASU’s campus as daily representations of his love, a work, and dreams, respectively. “His hard work and commitment to finishing his education is admirable. He’s doing everything he can to pursue opportunities despite his adversities. I am honored to share his ambitious story through my photography.”
Check out more of Andrea’s portrait photography focusing on gender & sexual identity on her website, The Spectrum.