Portaiture isn’t making a “comeback.” It’s been here all along.
Or at least that’s the vibe from Stephanie Agudelo, the St. Petersburg, Florida based photographer who’s been making waves with splashes of color in the Sunshine state.
Grit Daily caught up with Agudelo to get a better picture of what’s in the works for her, Tampa art, and overcoming the “color depression.”
Grit Daily: For the uninitiated, what are various “career” hats that you wear?
Stephanie Agudelo. At one point during the Renaissance, only the Virgin Mary was allowed to be blue in a painting.
I’m a photographer, but there is multiple types photography it’s difficult to master it all. I can do event photography which means weddings to concerts. I’m also a local art curator that manages art events around the area. I primarily enjoy making photography into a form of art. It’s hard making a full living of solely what you want to photograph, but I fully enjoy the process behind everything I do.
GD: What was the initial spark that got you into art?
I decided to go to art school after trying to pursue psychology for such a long time. I was interesting learning about human behavior and having this idea to be a therapist when I finished school, but I wasn’t fully passionate and committed to it. I felt like it was work trying to finish this degree. I would make art on the side just to relieve the stress until I realize I should pursue what I enjoy doing than what will make me money and I’ll be somewhat happy doing it. Since than I don’t regret the choice I made.
GD: You had your own interesting adventures before you migrated to the Tampa / St. Petersburg area. Share those.
This is happening in St. Pete / Tampa.
I lived in Tampa / St. Petersburg area for more than seven years. I lived in South Florida before that but I was too young to recall any exciting adventures. But since I moved here I feel like everyday is an adventure. This area is full of exploring and interesting people to talk to.
GD: What role do exhibitions play in your work?
The main role about my art is my use of color. I find color fascinating. There is so much more to know about color than the physical appearance of it. Color has history and meaning to it. For example blue was the most expensive color in renaissance paintings and only the Virgin Mary was allowed to be blue in any painting during that era.
People would buy paintings that had blue just to show their sign of wealth and royalty in the society. And there is variety of blues the one I’m talking about is ultra marine blue which was very rare to find during that era.
GD: How does your physical environment impact your art?
Mostly my art is in my studio, but I often venture out to find colorful buildings to photograph. I wish to include that more in my art since I really enjoy this city and I would like to include my intake on how I represent St. Pete to someone who doesn’t live here and looks at my art.