I’m Leire Baztarrica, a photographer based in Los Angeles, California, where I’m trying to discover and portray my skills as much as I can, and at the same time, I’m open to new challenges and opportunities.
Born and raised in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain). All my life I have been experimenting with different artistic media. I graduated in June of 2016 in Creation and Design (UPV / EHU).
For some years, I left the design world to focus on my true passion: portrait photography.
At the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (Poland), during my time in the International exchange program (Erasmus) 2014-2015, I learned from Witold Krassowski, an experienced photojournalist. Thanks to his lessons in street photography, I became more skilled and involved with daily life and street scenes.
In September of 2015 I received an art project scholarship in Reno (Nevada, USA). There, I started with the project Reno Neon, in which I did historical research and a photographic project based on the art behind neon lights.
During the year 2016 I devoted myself completely on working to finish my Final Degree Project. I presented an analysis of kitsch aesthetics (Khists, Kictsh, Kitsch), on which I based the same irony contrived from the style, in some of my photographic series.
Now, I’m in Santa Clarita!