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Interview #12: Blanca

What was your experience like with TBW?
I found it very inspiring that by joining forces we created such a gorgeous book in such a short amount of time. Katelan is amazingly creative and industrious… and quite an inspiring leader!

What was the inspiration for your images?
I’ve been carrying these images somewhere in my mind for a long time. I think all of us see ourselves a certain way when we close our eyes. These are three distinct sides of me that aren’t so obvious to the outside world.

What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
As I took the self portraits I found an empowering sense of artistic freedom. TBW also taught me a few things about myself, about where I am in life and about my presence. Unexpectedly, one of the images caused a stir between my sister and myself. I see this stir as the archetypal side of TBW: I created an image that came from deep inside my psyche and this image created an external situation that gave me an opportunity to heal something that needed to be healed.

Do you feel you are in the same state of mind as when you started?
I am surprised at how TBW empowered me. I am a bit of a perfectionist. Most things I produce take a long time to be planned and created. For this project things came together effortlessly and that was very rewarding and refreshing. It made me see that an artistic project doesn’t necessarily take months to be completed.

What advice would you give to those wanting to take their own portraits?
Think of it as documenting who you are right now. Today. In this moment of your life. You can always take more portraits later. Don’t miss the opportunity of capturing who you are today. Play with makeup. Play with clothes. Above all, have fun doing it.


1. Location: NYC, born in Mexico
2. Sun Sign: Aquarius
3. Virtue: Love
4. Vice: Obsession
5. Secret Self Esteem Booster: sexy dresses, meditation, yoga, dance
6. What Inspires You: beautiful art, passionate art, authenticity, nature

Playlist (give 5-10 songs on your ipod)

Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros
Save You by Jetsetter
Black by Pearl Jam
Semaname by Mercan Dede
Clouds by Doveman
Intervention by Arcade Fire
Family Tree by TV on the Radio
Stop the Dams by Gorillaz
Hindue Blues by Kevin Johansen and The Nada



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What was your experience like with TBW?

outstanding. I feel lucky to even know about it, let alone be featured or a part of it at all.
What was the inspiration for your images?
actually my submissions to TBW were taken from a collection of self portraiture shots i had done over the year. So. i had and have changed alot even
now from those photos, so each picture is a reminder of things i want to hold dear to my memory as myself.

What did you learn about yourself from the experience?

That inspiration comes from all20perspectives of life. I love being “the mother” because during the time i shot all the self portrait photos that ended up being chosen, i had just become a mother. i think that TBW lets you into corners of human nature you either desire, are curious about understanding, or want to be up front in the brightest light imaginable. Its really a universal gift to the photography aspect and emotional aspect. I would reccomend being part of it, making your own, any part of it is amazing.

Do you feel you are in the same state of mind as when you started?
oh amazing changes have come into my life since. I at that time aspired to start a carreer in modeling and photography, and for a short time thought that because i had gotton pregnant so suprisingly, that alot of that stuff wouldnt ever happen.
ive since then accomplished alot of goals in modeling and paving my path to become a photographer, so i think that Katelan’s book aspired me to stop assuming the ideas in my heart and head were impossible, and, just, become it. do it.
So. maybe i am in the same state, of inspiration and love for what i want that is.
What advice would you give to those wanting to take their own portraits?

Dont think about it. Carry your camera with you everywhere. sniper shoot yourself when you think you are at your worst. often times you’ll be suprised how beautiful you are.
You’ll never know how you actually look through other peoples eyes, so sometimes you have to keep that in mind.


Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Sun Sign: Gemini
Virtue: I will do anything for you.Without ever asking for anything. ever.
Vice: I’m actually a very brash character that often pisses people off because its misleading. I look like a sympathiser who will tell you anything you want to hear, instead, i tell you whats logical, and honest.
Secret Self Esteem Booster: A new dress from the vintage store. A pair of Viynal heels, and my favorite song ive danced in the mirror to 100 times before.
What Inspires You: Outer Space

Playlist (give 5-10 songs on your ipod)
1./lullaby: the cure
2./Cleopatras cat: Spin Doctors
3./Suzie Q: CCR
4./What is Fight Club?:Dust Brothers
5./I would die for you:Prince
6./Victory Strikes Again: Andrew W.K.
7./Let her Cry: Hootie and the Blowfish
8./Patterns: Sky eats Airplane
9./Where do we go from here: Filter
10./King of the road: Dean Martin
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What was your experience like with TBW?

I must say when Katelan first asked me to do the project I was a little scared. I’m so used to the one behind the camera that I wasn’t sure how I was going to do this assignment.  I waited a long time before I even started the project….almost down to the last week we were supposed to submit the work. But in the end I am so glad I did it. Once I got my idea in my head and did not think about it I actually had a lot of fun with this project. And I would do it again in a heartbeat. J

What was the inspiration for your images?

Pressure was part of my decision. With only one week left to gather my images, I tried a variety of shots within my apartment but nothing was coming out how I wanted it. So I decided not to use a camera but instead use a scanner. I had an idea that was floating around in my mind and I was never really sure how to translate it to an image. I found that the scanner did just that.  Using the scanner I was able to get that specific emotion that I had crammed up in my mind.

What did you learn about yourself from the experience?

I learned that exposing my self to the rest of the world is not so hard.  It was nerve racking and uncomfortable for me to do this. I’ve taken several self-portraits in my lifetime but I’ve never showed them to anyone.  I never wanted anyone to see me in that light. I also felt more comfortable photographing some else. Never myself. But after doing this project I feel more at ease and will most likely do it again.

Do you feel you are in the same state of mind as when you started?

Although I still am apprehensive about doing a self portrait… I feel like its not so bad and that I will do it again.  I’m more comfortable with who I am, where I feel that in any light, good or bad sometimes its ok to expose that to others.  I’m a little more relaxed and confident.

What advice would you give to those wanting to take their own portraits?

Have fun! Don’t think about it…too much.  Don’t doubt yourself…. try it out first before you make a judgment because you might be surprised with what you find.  And eat a cookie while you work and listen to some good music. J


Location: Brooklyn, NY

Sun Sign: Gemini

Virtue: caring for others

Vice: wish I were more open with others….and cookies…lots of cookies. J

Secret Self Esteem Booster: music and the early morning hours of the day.

What Inspires You: helping those in need whatever the circumstance.

Playlist (give 5-10 songs on your ipod):

“One Way to Fall”—Yo La Tengo

“Esma Yalli”—Hakim

“Friends from Rio”—-Escravos De jo

“Arrival in Benaras” —-Ustad Vilayat Khan

“Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt”—The Mars Volta

“Hawaiian Cowboy”—Ol K. Brights Hollywaiians

“Six Days”——DJ Shadow

“Apache”—-The Incredible Bongo Band

“Off Duty Trip”—The Raincoats

“Wicked World”—-Black Sabbath


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Katelan was interviewed by Tash Jayasinghe for Little Flutters, a wonderful blog bringing creativity and culture straight to your home.  Here is the video.  Click the link to see the rest of the post and to check out Tash’s wonderful website.  It’s definitely one of our faves.  Little Flutters

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