Since the beginning of times, stories have represented the core of communication. Up to today, their role has not changed but adjusted. We need more stories that reflect on the human condition, and «Throwing Shade» aims to fill the gap. A series inspired by the urban chaos, where confusion, distress and angst live amid so much energy and movement. Constantly on the go, we take on new roles and characters that restrict our moves. Trapped and competing for a space that we all have created, the characters on the photographer’s stage are frequently engaged with something happening outside of the frame. There is energy, but the commonality is a sense of drama, distress, and an embrace of the unknown, all qualities the author works to imbue in the images she makes.
Sofía Sebastián likes to sparkle confusion in her narratives and experiments with different approaches. Sometimes she looks for unusual light arrangements and waits for something to happen. Other times, she told Eyeshot that she wanders in search of new ideas and stories.
«Throwing Shade» is an ongoing project that the photographer is planning on developing further.
Sofía Sebastián is a Spanish street and documentary photographer based in Washington DC, USA. She is a consultant in international relations and peacebuilding. At the moment, she is working on a project about UN peacekeeping and civilian protection.
She was first introduced to photography while watching classic movies as a teenager. She was not aware at the time, but the powerful visual storytelling of movie masters such as F.W. Murnau, Francois Truffaut, and Luis Buñuel was forever embedded in her brain. Starting in 2011, she began to focus on photography, taking courses through the International Center for Photography in NYC. However, it was only recently that she discovered her passion for street and documentary photography.
Sofía Sebastián’s photography work has been exhibited internationally in both solo and group shows and received the first Female in Focus Award from 1854 Media in 2019.
In light of the recent restrictions and unable to photograph outside, she turned her camera on her children. Their house and its surroundings turned into her “streets”, leading to the project she is currently working on now, unencumbered.