Frida Gave Me Wings of Inspiration

By Alejandra Martinez

Modeled by Marina Flores


As Hispanic Heritage month comes to an end, I felt it was time for me to present my Frida Kahlo inspired photo series.

Frida Kahlo is an individual who has inspired me by her strength, individuality and natural beauty. She once said, “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” I have admired her self-portraits for years and they have given me wings of inspiration that led me to create this photo series. Each photo is named after one of her most inspirational quotes and each also highlight a different photography technique.


"I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you." 

In this photo I used natural light to create a beauty shot. Frida is an icon in the hispanic culture and is still admired today. I wanted to portray her all natural face beauty by using a fairly bright and a shadowless look. I gave my model a flower crown to wear and dressed her in a floral patterned shirt. Frida’s look in this photo had to have the ideal emphasis of her beauty,  attractive aspects and qualities. This iconic feminist and strong is will never be forgotten and along with her portraits I have created a photograph so that her presence can remain always.


“I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality.” 

Frida Kahlo painted approximately 55 self-portraits which were inspired by her physical and psychological wounds. She was always fully transparent in all her artistic work therefore in this picture I wanted the viewer to see right through her soul. I asked my model to lay down on the grass as if she was asleep but asked her to look fiercely into the camera. I used depth of field to make her eyes be the first thing people noticed. Although Frida suffered many hardships, she always stood up strong. She taught me that reality is not something to be afraid of.


“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”

I will never forget this iconic feminist who showed me strength in the darkest of places. Frida suffered a bus accident at young age that left her severely injured. This incident altered her life completely and spiraled her multiple miscarriages, bone and spinal cord development causing her great physical and emotional pain. Her pain is shown in this photographed for it is darker than the rest. I casted a light from above so my model’s eyelashes created shadows. This photo is harder than the rest to demonstrated Frida’s loneliness as she attempted to survive through the hardships of her life.


"I hope the leaving is joyful; and I hope never to return."

I look up to Frida’s strength everyday. Frida suffered amounts of pain throughout her life. From her trolley incident at a young age that debilitated her all of her life and her destructive love live with Diego Rivera she kept pushing through. It is said that moments before her death Frida hoped to never return and rest in peace since she had suffered much her life. I wanted to demonstrate her strength by using rembrandt lighting which sometime is referred as “masculine” by the way it casts an inverted triangle that flatters the cheek bone structure. Frida should be seen as a powerful and strong woman.