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Latin American Fotografia: Maria Paula Weinreich

By David Schonauer   Wednesday July 6, 2016


When in doubt, experiment! You never know what will happen.

Maria Paula Weinreich  is currently studying design at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, but she is also an avid photographer. At her Facebook page, she posts a quote from Ansel Adams: “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”

In 2014 Weinreich was visiting a friend when she felt the urge to try something new with her camera, a Nikon D3000. Her friend had an audio amplifier, so together they got paints of various colors, turned up the bass, and set out to create images in the style of German photographer Martin Klimas’s “Sonic Sculptures” series.

At the time, Klimas was receiving a great deal attention for his work. He essential splashed paint on a stretched canvas suspended over an audio speaker, then turned up the music full blast. Vibrations from the speaker caused the paint to bounce, creating beautiful patterns that Klimas photographed with a high-speed camera. The work, said Klimas, visualized sound.

The first thing that Weinreich and her friend did in their own project was to line the room they were working in with black plastic bags, which served as a backdrop while also containing the inevitable mess they were going to create.


“I used my Nikon D3000 to take the pictures, and I used a lot of different colors!” says Weinreich. “That project made me realize it’s always good to try new things!” Her work was later named a winner of the Latin American Fotografia  competition.

Weinreich, who turns 21 in July, says she has been taking pictures since she was a young girl. “I always wanted a professional camera because cause I loved to travel and I wanted to keep all those memories, but it was only when I was 18 that my mother gave me my Nikon,” she says. “Since then I’m always in charge of taking the pictures when traveling with friends or family.”

See more of Weinreich’s LAF-winning work, and her travel photography, at her website.

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