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Gabriela Villalba is a Venezuelan-born photographer and graphic designer based in Sydney. Since moving to Australia in 2013, her work focuses on documentary portraiture and artistic explorations.

 

Gabby's camera has documented many artists and their expressive processes, especially from the creative culture on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Capturing her subjects in natural light is a hallmark of Gabby’s working method. Pictures that reveal an unguarded moment require spontaneity and a dedicated eye for composition, both of which are intrinsic to her unique way of seeing the world.

Gabby has also turned her lens on a journey into the self-portrait genre pushing the boundaries of documentary photography by creating handmade alterations to images, thereby expressing intimate and personal emotion. Through ephemeral or permanent resources, she creates photographic hybrids that aim to go beyond the original representation, evoking emotion, challenging perceptions and engaging viewers in a profound manner. In this same spirit, she creates photograms and prints her photographic negatives using cyanotype process (19th Century), not in a dark room, but in the sun. 

Awarded "Honorable Mention in Photography" at Warringah Art Prize 2015 in Sydney - Northern Beaches, Gabby studied photography at Roberto Mata School of Photography in Caracas and worked for 18 years as visual communicator in the advertising industry in Venezuela. She has participated in collective exhibitions in Caracas, Miami, Sydney and Newcastle. Gabby is a Co-Founder & Lead Photographer of Kayapa Creative Studio and has also fostered creative communities on the Northern Beaches as Co-Founder at La Crème Creative Inc. and Brookvale Arts District (BAD).

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