My name is Monica Carvalho and everyday I challenge myself to find similarities between the human body and nature. My passion - and mission - is to create images that will make you look twice! “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” This quote by Edgar Degas has been the guideline for my artistic practice since my obsession for optical illusions and surrealism started ten year ago.
We were approached by Savannah College of Art and Design in collaboration with Rizzoli Publishing to produce a monograph for the visionary fashion designer Guo Pei. While we were originally familiar with her name in connection to the 2015 Met Gala dress she fashioned for Rihanna, we quickly became enamored with her work. Looking through her designs was like pulling clothing straight out of Alice in Wonderland so we naturally went the route of creating fairytale worlds for them to live in.
The 2018 Siena International Photo Awards has received 48,000 submissions from 156 countries, and the judges have had an incredibly hard time deciding the winners. Nonetheless, the winners have been decided, and just like in 2017 and 2016, their images show just how diverse our beautiful world really is.