I am a Colombian-American commercial & editorial photographer based in San Francisco. I'm a visual storyteller.
I've studied photography and biology , and see the two disciplines as intricately connected; they both allow for intimate study and exploration of life. As an immigrant women, with indigenous roots, I have often found myself straddling two worlds without ever fully belonging to either. Existing in this liminal space has afforded me the opportunity of constantly evolving me identity as an artist. I feel most at home when playing with light and using it to create mood and tell stories of passing moments. My other passion are my two crazy cattle dogs Koa & Hilo. You can often find us roaming the empty beaches nearby or climbing on fallen trees in the forest.
I currently live, learn and create on unceded land of the Oholone people in Santa Cruz, Ca.
A note on naming for the Travel category:
I am passionate about the rights of indigenous people. As someone who shares indigenous ancestry with the native peoples of Colombia/ Venezuela it is my goal to always acknowledge the native peoples of the places I am blessed to explore. I have listed locations by the predominant indigenous people of the region(s).
Acknowledging the lands we visit as Native land, using the original place names, and telling the indigenous stories of these places , whether as part of America's Public Lands or while traveling abroad is way to support indigenous peoples in reclaiming what was stolen from them. It is our duty as travelers to amplify the voices of indigenous peoples all over the world.
Travel responsibly and tread lightly on these sacred and ancient places.
If you are a traveler visit Indigenous Geo Tags to learn more about the indigenous history of your next destination.
Martha Stoumen Wines
Travel & Leisure
The Wall Street Journal
The Washington Post