Hello, I am Gema Galiana. I am documentary photographer, performance, theatre, dance and event photographer. Originaly from Spain, and based in Los Angeles from 2015,
My background is in performing art, theatre and directing which it helps me to understand and connect very quick with the event is happening in front of me.
In 2017 I had the honor to get awarded with First Prize Photo Impact 2017 INN Impact Prizes for Nonprofit News Photos and a second prize on SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA JOURNALISM AWARDS CONTEST . The winning image and series titled "What the Final Moments of Homeless People Can Teach Us" was conceived and reported by writer Amy DePaul. I made the series under a grant from the Economic Hardship Reporting Project and the it was co-published with Capital & Main and the OC Weekly.
My gaze is not distant, it is connected and empathic. I observe with respect until the moment is revealed, and I am with it, to preserve it. My impulse comes from the deep observation of life, my brain is highly outside when I have a camera on my hands, and all I want is to be able to understand who we are. If I am working in a story or pure document of an event, I try to be part of it, to be invisible and accepted, to be able to penetrate deep in what I am documenting. I am a deep observer of human behavior and of our surroundings.
I believe in the power of intuition and its wisdom, so I respect the input as its comes without questioning it upfront, or over analyzing it. But I am very hard with vanity or narcissism, I run away from it, I always check myself and I try not to indulge myself with those elements. I need to keep asking questions wondering what else is there?
Life and love brought me to LA where I combine my two passions as a performer and a photographer. I am always wondering around, sometimes upside down.
Other information about my background:
Expert in Photography - Miguel Hernández University, Elche- Spain
Contributor Photographer for Narrative.ly magazine.
Contributor Photographer for Capital & Main
Awarded the Expert for Photography Grant with the project Waiting in Transit. (Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche-2014).
IF YOU ARE CURIOUS ABOUT MY PERFORMANCE BACKGROUND FOLLOW THIS LINK: https://gemagaliana.com/