J O A Q U I N T R U J I L L O : LOS NIÑOS
When Joaquin Trujillo was a child growing up in Hermita de Guadalupe, Mexico, he recalls his mother preparing the family for the all-important family portraits. It was an elaborate affair, where everyone looked their best in specially chosen clothes and well-groomed hair. These photographs were declarations of the Trujillo family pride and self-worth. Drawing inspiration from his fond childhood memories, Trujillo set out for his hometown for a reinterpretation of this time-honored tradition in a series of photographs, titled Los Niños, and has continued the series in his adopted home, Los Angeles. His subjects are nieces and nephews captured against sets designed by the artist for their sense of boldness and majesty. Each portrait acts as a visual testament to the potential and ambitious intentions of its young subject. As a series, Los Niños offers a striking and elegant portrayal of a culture that cherishes not only modern values of beauty, grace and style, but also classic and perhaps even romantic ideals of dignity and valor.
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