Border without limits by Monika Ruiz-Bernal

As far as I remember, I have always questioned my own identity, and in fact, the mere notion of identity. I was born and grew up in Bogota, Colombia, a South-America high-altitude city, spreading north to south, ranging from the poorest to the wealthiest neighborhoods, where the notion of classes is very vivid.

As far as I remember, I have always questioned my own identity, and in fact, the mere notion of identity. I was born and grew up in Bogota, Colombia, a South-America high-altitude city, spreading north to south, ranging from the poorest to the wealthiest neighborhoods, where the notion of classes is very vivid.

Later, I moved to Boston, where I studied art and became an artist and photographer, before moving to Europe where I settled in France . My travels across these continents, across geographic borders, have been contributing to my reflections on questions of identity, from which I have been continually drawing aesthetic work.

The work and photographies presented here form an on-going testimony of my artistic investigations on this topic, starting from concrete physical frontiers interpreted in the context of mondialisation and worldwide immigration to a more intellectual level of abstraction where aesthetic considerations linked to colors, shapes, and shadows prevail. This has provided me with rich materials for plastic experiments, identity being alternatively perceived as a negative concept leading to intolerance, competition, and violence to a positive one, promoting differences as well as cooperation, originality as well as alterity which are of utmost importance to avoid falling into a monotonous, totalitarian world. Hope some of these assumed subjective angles of view will resonate for you when going through this serie.

About Monika Ruiz-Bernal

Born in Colombia in 1964, Monika Ruiz-Bernal grew up in Bogotá, which she left at the age of nineteen for the United States. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Boston, USA, and Aix-en-Provence, France. Her artistic practice is eclectic although centered on photography. Based in Marseille since 2003, she is represented by the UPA gallery and her work is selected to be exhibited at the festival HeadOn, FotografiaEuropea, circuit OFF, les Regards Croisés et les Parcours, Aix-en-Provence, Les Rencontres Photographiques de Cassis, Fotonoviembre International Photography Biennial, Tenerife. From 2017 to 2022 his work is exhibited at the Florida Museum of Photography, ARTORAMA, the Rencontres photographiques de Casis 3rd edition, Der Greif, Guest Room, Downtow Chiado Contemporary Exhibition, Lisbon, Artemesia, Barcelona, etc. [Official Website]

More Stories

Terra Mater – Ode to My Family  by Marco Castelli

Terra Mater – Ode to My Family by Marco Castelli

Words are not inherently suitable to embrace any even blurred concept of time, and beside all speech being made nowadays around the sense of family, its true nature belongs to the undetectable trace we leave through centuries, and to our relationship with time itself.
The magical hidden world by Georgi Georgiev

The magical hidden world by Georgi Georgiev

The magical hidden world project was selected and published in our print edition 23. These photos are one of my personal best from the past few years. Most of them are from one place where I spend every spare moment to take photos.
Sleepless by Rebecca Sexton Larson

Sleepless by Rebecca Sexton Larson

Growing up I always had an affinity with the night. It was when I did my most productive work, alone in my bedroom free from noise and distractions. I would find comfort in the subdued light and quiet stillness, losing a sense of time and being absorbed in the moment of creating art.

Portrait Photography Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Portrait Photography Awards. We are looking
for the best portrait for this year, 2023.

Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of portrait photography.

DEADLINE | FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2023

PHOTO BY © JOSE GIRL
Pride and prejudice by Renata Dutrée

Pride and prejudice by Renata Dutrée

Pride and prejudice project was selected and published in our print edition 23. This ongoing series of studio portraits of young men is intended to challenge the viewer with social constructs that are centered around masculinity and femininity. Gender bias, gender roles and stereotypes can affect everyone negatively.
Gender identity; Lexi by Timothi Jane Graham

Gender identity; Lexi by Timothi Jane Graham

I first met Lexi at the beginning of her medical gender affirmation journey in December 2020. At 58 years old, she had identified and lived as a woman for decades behind closed doors. She was born and raised in Ecuador where the LGBTQ community faces intense discrimination which often ends in violence.
Metaversic world by Byoung Ho Rhee

Metaversic world by Byoung Ho Rhee

With the innovation of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence in the 21st century, the world of metaverse is being witnessed around our lives such as games and movies. The age of mixing virtual with reality. In the metaverse world, the cyberspace where virtual and reality are harmonized is called mixed reality MR.

Featured Stories

Street’s people; Hanoi by Riccardo Magherini

Street’s people; Hanoi by Riccardo Magherini

Hanoi series was selected and published in our print edition 19. All the images of the series are quite portraits of street’s people, surrounded by their environment.
Le chat noir by Le Turk

Le chat noir by Le Turk

Le Turk was born one night simply when listening by chance to Bach's Saint John Passion, nice and loud in headphones.
Intimate diary; Jazz Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

Intimate diary; Jazz Notes by Giuseppe Cardoni

It is a declaration of love by Giuseppe Cardoni, but also by an Italian region, Umbria, which has always hosted the most important jazz festivals and where the author took most of his photographs.
MiRelLA by Fausto Podavini

MiRelLA by Fausto Podavini

MiRelLa is the story of a woman, a mother, a wife, a grandmother. Mirella is 71 years old, she spent 43 years of her life with the only person loved. 43 years of sharing, difficulties, laughs and beautiful moments
Michael David Adams ; Fashion photography

Michael David Adams ; Fashion photography

Michael David Adams’ Fashion photography has taken him around the world from beautiful Caribbean islands and breathtaking coast of Mexico, to exquisite European destinations like Paris, Venice, Nice, and Croatia to name a few..
Not in Kansas by Vicky Martin

Not in Kansas by Vicky Martin

Not In Kansas is a staged series of photographs inspired by the tenacious, self- reliant character Dorothy from the story The Wizard of Oz.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/bannerpr.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Portrait Photography Awards. Our call is open to any artistic interpretation of portrait photography.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/mono2022.jpg

The best 100 images along with the winning images published in the yearly book “Monochromatic – Best Photographers of 2022”

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/banner24.jpg

Call For Entries #24 | After 23 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Nenka Ukraine by Dina Oganova

Nenka Ukraine by Dina Oganova

It was 2009 when i went first time in Kiev (capital) of Ukraine and was totally in love with this amazing country and lovely people.I think Ukrainians and Georgians has a lot of common. 2014 was the hardest and sadness year for this beautiful country
Window Project by Davida Carta

Window Project by Davida Carta

This project was not born as a cohesive body of work. In fact, it surfaced from an editing process during my first semester of residency at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where I am currently studying to get my MFA in Photography.
Bangladesh; Old streets old stories by Saud A Faisal

Bangladesh; Old streets old stories by Saud A Faisal

Dhaka the capital of Bangladesh and the main city of the country has a rich political and social heritage of over 400 years.This mega city has a old part which is the witness of change of time which changed the daily life of the people but the basic story of people remain the same.
Chinese Opera by Tewfic El-Sawy

Chinese Opera by Tewfic El-Sawy

It is widely acknowledged that Chinese opera (Cantonese, Hokkien or Teochew) in Malaysia (and elsewhere) is on the wane due to the lack of interest from a younger generation.
Irish Travellers by Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

Irish Travellers by Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

Since 2009, I have been documenting Irish Travellers using a b&w film medium format camera. But an unfortunate incident occurred when I realised I left my bag full of Hasselblad film cameras and lenses on the train from Venice to Rome in May 2018.
The Athenians by Socrates Baltagiannis

The Athenians by Socrates Baltagiannis

Athens, capital of Greece and one of the most historic cities in the world. Also, one of the cities that the media has turn their spotlights on for almost 6 years now, due to the economic crisis.

Trending Stories

Reconstruction by Guillaume d’Hubert

Reconstruction by Guillaume d’Hubert

This project called “reconstruction” started 2 years ago, involving reenactors of my region, I started it as a documentary project, aiming to show the soldiers who fought in my area the north of France.
Jeff Alu ; Between documentary and a semi-dreamlike state

Jeff Alu ; Between documentary and a semi-dreamlike state

My shooting style is very spontaneous. Very rarely do I plan anything out, and it’s the element of surprise and discovery that drives me forward. While I do enjoy traveling distances to obtain my shots,
Mister X by Dmitriy Ryabov

Mister X by Dmitriy Ryabov

Mister X" project is a story of a mysterious character, a composite character of many unrecognized talents, living in free play to one's imagination. The project’s idea appeared in the summer of 2018 and was developed in a series of photos about the different life character situations. The series will be continued in the autumn of 2019.
Something I Need to Say: Uncommon Life Stories by Bob Demchuk

Something I Need to Say: Uncommon Life Stories by Bob Demchuk

As I look back on my long career as a filmmaker, I realize that at the heart of every success I have had, large or small, was a story—a narrative, visual or in words, that had the power to connect.
Dreams; Les Mémoires by Sergen Sehitoglu

Dreams; Les Mémoires by Sergen Sehitoglu

"Les Mémoires” is the first series of mine, which is going back to the roots. The photos consist of the superposing dreams of thousands and me where we studied from the age of eleven to nineteen in Saint Joseph High School.
Roar of silence by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

Roar of silence by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander

In a famous and intimate New Jersey theater, Stephanie at the age of 14 went under a spell as she watched photographers work with this small little black machine dressed in numbers.
Psyche of Saudade by Alex Righetti

Psyche of Saudade by Alex Righetti

The people relationship always caught my interest, especially as a photographer of street portraits.I could tell you about the experiences I had with strangers for hours, being able to shutter the barrier and understand how perfectly
Eliza Tsitsimeaua-Badoiu – Self-portraits

Eliza Tsitsimeaua-Badoiu – Self-portraits

Eliza Tsitsimeaua-Badoiu is an awarded iPhoneographer based on the shore of the Black Sea coast in Constanta, Romania. This is a short, quick presentation on her artistic attempts in the field of mobile phone photography. 
Visual impairment by Magdalena Grela

Visual impairment by Magdalena Grela

Visual impairment, also known as vision impairment or vision loss, is a decreased ability to see to a degree that causes problems not fixable by usual means, such as glasses.

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.