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Me, Myself and Eye


Me, Myself and Eye Home   //  Leslie Elsasser - Introduction   //  Selina Roman - Mind Currents   //  Michael Ball   //  TC Bryant   //  Larry Busby   //  David Canaday   //  Michael Congdon   //  Brandie Dziegiel   //  Loretta Fields   //  Jeaniel Image   //  Douglas Eric Jordan   //  Valerie Larson   //  John Leduc   //  Jason Lind   //  Mikko Maki   //  Alex Martinez   //  Matias   //  Noemys McConnell   //  Megan O’Connell   //  Robert Ortega   //  Adaina Plaza   //  Pat Randall   //  Heather Rivera   //  RaeAnne Swanson   //  Michael Webb


Alex Martinez, Migraine, 2020

Alex Martinez, Migraine, 2020



Migraine is a self-portrait. I experience migraines; they are part of me now, of my reality and “self.” The image captures a moment when I felt a migraine coming on, an unpleasant experience that can last days and is utterly debilitating. I’ve always loved the look and ‘feel’ of black and white photography and here it felt more raw, not unlike the suffering of that type of pain. 

Although my body fills the frame, I do not look at the camera. Being in front of the lens is uncomfortable. I’m very reserved about myself. I honestly don’t like speaking about myself nor do I like to be the subject of my own work… I let whatever I do take center stage, not myself, so self-portraiture was a challenge. A little about me that I am comfortable sharing is that I love to cook. My cuisine is sophisticated, and I make everything from scratch or as from scratch as possible. I enjoy taking snapshots of my dishes to post on Instagram. Prior to this I had never before taken a photography course. I was looking for another creative outlet and took the Breaking Barriers workshop to expand my horizons and look at things differently. 



Alex Martinez, Brace, 2020

Alex Martinez, Brace, 2020



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Breaking Barriers 2020 is supported by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Love IV Lawrence, Hillsborough Arts Council, and the Florida Department of State.