This series is about recognizing yourself in the soul. I appeal to virgins and goddesses of different cultures as a bridge to represent spirituality through femininity.
Important things are lived, felt and more than anything are understood from the torn soul, broken heart and the journey to the darkness that ultimately leads to light, transparent, blue, pure and deep: the Aura.
Do we not question our whole life about the existence of a superior power, a true god, a force or energy that sustains us and guides us in our paths? There are moments in life in which we give power to other beings believing that they will be unconditional and serve us as a crutch eternally. What happens when we feel abandoned, alone, when death visits us too often and looking at ourselves in the mirror can become a torture? I remember as a child I could spend hours in front of the mirror, observing every part of my face until I would lose objectivity and see myself distorted. It was a kind of unfolding, in which somehow I managed to separate my physical being from my spiritual one, it was like looking at me from the outside.
In a moment of my life, years later, I understood that finding peace in my life could only come from a communion with myself. At that moment I began a deep journey. I met the shadows of my shadows, I remembered moments trapped, silenced that made my body sick, I got lost, I ran away. I traveled through Hades until I recognized myself in Persephone. Darkness taught me that without it there is no clarity. Behind her I managed to perceive the light, the aura. Sometimes I forget how to see it, I forget that the transparent violet blue is on the other side, when I stop frowning, I breathe deeply, when I perceive the beating of my heart, the flow of my blood. When the outside noise no longer weighs. Through portraits of these virgins and goddesses I find a communion with myself.
About Lorena Cordero
Lorena Cordero, 1971, born in Quito, Ecuador. She is a multi-awarded fine art photographer. She attended Parsons School in New York and later transferred to Parsons Paris. She returned to her country of origin before concluding her college studies, which largely makes her a self-educated professional. Dark moments in her life lead her to give herself entirely to portraiture. Her work becomes a very personal and intimate way to express her feelings. She works from her soul, through emotions, both hers and her subjects’. She studies human growth which becomes a very important tool to work with them. Taking pictures becomes something infinite because she reflects herself through portraits. Photography is healing.
In 2012 she publishes her first photography book, designed by herself, called Labyrinth inside the mirror (Laberinto en el espejo) which collects three important series, Egos, Once upon a time and Anima. After the death of her mother she stays away from the camera for two years. Her series called Your Majesty the Queen bring her back with deeper artistic proposals. She is now working on a new project called Aura with the intention of publishing her second book. During her career as a photographer, Lorena has performed several individual and collective exhibits. Since 2007 she has obtained several awards from IPA (International Photography Awards), the Silver from the Canon Creative Asia Awards 2010, Finalist in the Oneeyeland fine art portrait 2014, finalist in Kuala Lumpur International Photo awards in 2015, the gold in the Trieremberg Super Circuit Australia in 2015, honorable mention in portrait in the Tifa, Tokyo International Foto Awards, in 2017 the bronze in Oneeyeland fine art and people portrait in 2017, the bronze in portrait in the Tifa, Tokyo International Foto Awards, in 2017, several nominations in the International Color Awards.
Lorena Cordero is a very singular person who makes everything around her a way of living. She has a particular taste that she clearly reflects not only in her work but in her own image and her home which she entirely decorated herself. Together with her colleague and husband Simón Brauer they created Neurona Digital, a small company devoted to different aspects of photography. She is currently living in Quito, Ecuador where she has her studio at home and can be close to her daughters. [Official Website]
“I love portraits, I love and detest human beings. I love their soul, although I hate the endless twisted labyrinths they/us have to take to get to the soul. I support myself on those roads; that is, in the feelings, in the collective unconscious, and always in the reflection, my characters are my mirrors and I am theirs.”