WHO AM I?
Mena Sambiasi and I was born in Buenos Aires in 1979.
I was good at drawing. When the time came to go to a technical school I chose to specialize in Advertising, where I spent six years drawing, taking pictures, creating advertising campaigns and other sorts of creative stuff.
I was drawn to three careers: Graphic Design, Industrial Design and Media Production. As I was always fascinated by movies and their stories I chose Media.
CHANGE OF COUNTRY
My family, one by one, moved to Spain. When I finished University in 2001, I took a plane and moved to Spain too.
My first was as an entertainer in a hotel. It was great because it allowed me to be a little less shy.
After that I began working as a camerawoman for several local TV stations in Marbella.
TRIP TO PARIS
In 2005 I visited Paris with some friends. That’s when I fell in love with photography. Since then I haven’t stopped clicking.
That same year I moved to Madrid. Worked on a few music video clips and short films until I got a job in a production company of corporate videos. I was in charge of the post-production department there for five years and also worked as a camerawoman.
Everything changed in 2011 when I saw the movie Revolutionary Road (by Sam Mendes), whose synopsis was: ¨The main characters face the difficult dilemma - either fight for the dreams and ideals that they have always pursued or comply with their grey and mediocre daily life¨.
My partner and I quit our jobs, packed our suitcases and moved to Buenos Aires. I worked for a TV Station traveling all over Argentina filming and editing TV Shows.
I attended workshops on Creative photography, lighting, digital retouch and documentary. For nearly two years I specialized in creative photography which changed my way of seeing images. During that period I discovered a constant in my work: reflections. While in Buenos Aires three series were born: Origins, Botanic and Stained Glass Windows. In 2014 came back to Spain, two more series: Neighbourhood and Serendipity.
In 2015 I traveled across USA and was able to finally begin capturing what I really felt like, no pressure, just instinct and first impressions.
To travel the world capturing reflections of everyday life.