My name is Tabata Roja, and I am a 25-year-old self-taught chemical photographer and resident of the CDMX. My path in photography began at age 17, and I at first only took photos to create a record of who was, to provide evidence of my existence. Sexuality, eroticism, and the nature of the nude body have all disturbed me from an early age. Three years ago, my work began to revolve around the exhaustive and self-critical exploration of these issues.
In each of my photographs, I look for a new way to see our naked bodies. We are not just a set of curved lines, lights, and shadows; we are not just a body. I think nudity is intimate, vulnerable (not appealing to weakness—vulnerability is beautiful and fragile), and femininity (but not from the standards of how a woman ‘has’ to be).
Each woman has her own femininity, her own essence. My photos are about my models, not their bodies. The nude is a narrative tool and a statement.