September 22, 2023


How Art Works

Featured Artist Luis Abel Espino Arvizu

4 min read

Embark on a visible journey throughout numerous cultures by means of the lens of photographer Luis Abel Espino Arvizu. View extra of his portfolio on his website.


Photo of woman in red

“A Crimson Aoi” images, sizes differ


I used to be born in Mexico, and at a really early age dropped at the U.S. to dwell my life right here. The traditions of my native tradition had been robust with my mother and father, so that they had been showcased in entrance of me every single day. As I acquired older, I acquired to dwell in two totally different worlds: the white American one at school and the Mexican liveliness at dwelling.


Japanese mother in traditional garb and son

Japanese Mom Goddess and Her Son” images, sizes differ


I noticed many ethnic children, together with my brother, turn out to be embarrassed about their native tradition. They might conceal their language, meals, apparel, and many others. and permit one other tradition to overshadow their very own. As a child, I curiously noticed these occurrences. However I didn’t give it some thought an excessive amount of on the time, till I grew older.


Photo of a young Somalian couple

“Catching the Hearth of Autumn and Somalia” images, sizes differ


As I grew in age, I grew to become infatuated by Chinese language and Japanese cultures. I began imitating their means of being. At age 12, my household and I went to a Chinese language restaurant and a damaged movie digicam was left behind on the restaurant. It didn’t work, however I used to be fascinated after I seemed by means of the viewfinder and heard the sound of the shutter after each click on. I took it dwelling and it grew to become my new eye.


photo of Indian couple holding hands

“Indian Engagement” images, sizes differ


My household noticed how a lot I loved it and acquired me my first digicam, particularly a compact digital digicam. I took it all over the place with me. However my fundamental topics didn’t have something to do with tradition and variety at the moment. It was nature and delightful objects. And generally fish.


photo of a Chinese girl with a fan

“Chinese language Woman and Her Fan” images, sizes differ


After I was 16, my brother purchased me my first DSLR. I marveled on the energy this digicam held, the way in which it may make time and house timeless. I began taking extra photos of individuals, after which I had buddies ask me to {photograph} them.


Photo of a young Eritrean woman

“The Great thing about Eritrea” images, sizes differ


In due time, I began wanting into it as an expert profession. I began small by taking photos of shut household and buddies. As soon as I used to be certain that is what I wished to pursue, I saved $5,000, and went to Kroger to purchase $5,000 price of Amazon reward playing cards. I purchased a Canon 5d Mark I and lenses on Amazon, whereas getting free fuel for 2 months with the gasoline factors.


photo of a Flamenco dancer

“Flamenco Dance within the Wild” images, sizes differ


I grew to become extra fascinated by tradition and variety as I interacted with extra folks from totally different walks of life. And I seen how at the moment (about 14 years in the past) nearly nobody spoke of tradition or appreciated variety. I nonetheless noticed folks from totally different nations being embarrassed of their very own. It infuriated me and prompted me disappointment. This impressed me to seize the most effective photos I may with the intention to showcase their magnificence.


photo of a South Asian wedding ceremony

“South Asian Marriage ceremony” images, sizes differ


I wasn’t superb at advertising and marketing (and nonetheless wrestle with it) so I started printing fliers and going to outlets. At a Vietnamese nail salon the place I dropped some off, I had a small chat with the clerk. A Vietnamese buyer overheard and excitedly requested if I used to be a marriage photographer. I stated I used to be, and it grew to become the initiation to {photograph} tradition and variety professionally.


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