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Luis Mora is 24-year-old photographer who was born and raised between Ibague, Colombia and Miami, Florida. As a child Luis was around fashion magazines, clothing catalogs and sewing machines a lot because his family had a clothing company and his mother was the head designer. Because of this Luis was exposed to images from photographers like Helmun Newton early on.
At the age of 12 Luis's family moved to Miami, Florida and over the next few years he was exposed to hip-hop, raves, graffiti and of course girls. Luis's interest in photography blossomed in high school. He wanted his photos to look like the ones in magazines, so he started taking photography classes and the obsession was born. Five years ago, Luis moved to Canada and decided to go to Sheridan College for Applied Photography. He now lives in Toronto working as a freelance photo assistant.
Luis's focus is not one directional, but he definitely has shot a lot of nudes. "I think I am almost done with the topic of shooting nudes and personal photos of girls and the plan is to start mixing that with death," Luis says. "I am very inspired by Spanish artist and how they deal with death. I am mainly focusing in black and white photography at the moment. I feel like my style and photos are getting darker and darker."
The photo above is of Luis' friend Katie, who has been a muse of his over the past few years. "I have folders and boxes full of files and negatives of Katie. They are tagged with something like Katie nude 1, Katie naked shower 3, Katie black and white 2, K naked in bed, Katie polaroid boobs, K leather 2. [Laughs.] And it just keep going and going".
Luis generally shoots both film and digital, his favorite camera's being the Canon 7D, Olympus Stylus, Yashica T4, and Polaroids Land Cameras 100 and 350 with FujiFilm FP 3000B and 100C. Luis also just finished a zine called "Photographs in No Particular Order" and is preparing for a group show in August at the Mascot in Toronto.
To see more of Luis' work please check out his website.
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