Many people describe Nicole Espina’s photography style as nostalgic and warm. She has a knack for capturing the way Southern California looks on film and her everyday lifestyle shots make you wish you were the subject of her photos. But her work isn’t limited to pretty pictures - she seeks to uncover deeper meanings through her art. She believes that photography, through the power of visuals, is a great vehicle for doing just that.
“I enjoy documentary photography and shooting cultural events, but I’m most inspired by conceptual projects that bring an awareness to socio-political issues,” Nicole explains. The most recent of which is her collection of images, modified with Photoshop, that show what San Diego would look like without power lines.. She’s also conceiving a project focused on police brutality and working on a series of darkroom prints that combine negatives with two-dimensional design techniques like paper cutting.
Nicole shuns cigarettes for many reasons. “I’m proud to honor my grandmother who contracted lung cancer while I was in high school,” she proclaims. “She never smoked a day in her life, but almost died because of second-hand smoke. I despise the general lack of empathy in big tobacco, big oil and politics. Sometimes we just need to remember that we're all living creatures on this wonderful planet.”
Nicole enjoys coming to Commune events each month because of the type of people the events attract. “I enjoy meeting creatives who want to make the world a better place through art and I think the cultural community would benefit from more events that combine art and awareness,” she says. “It’s a great event from which both friendships and collaborations can sprout from.”
Don’t forget to say hey if you see Nicole snapping your photo at the next Commune event in San Diego. And be sure to check out her passion projects on her website.