Photographer Spotlight Monday: Vanessa Vigil


TOAN Magazine Photographer Spotlight Monday Featuring: Vaviiiiiiiiiiiii (Yes, it is necessary to say it with all of those i’s.)


Preferred name: Vaviiiiiiiiiiiii

Where you are from: Antioch, Ca

Current area of residence: “Berkeley – and loving it.”

Instagram: @VAVIMAMI

More Work:

TOAN: Do you have a focus on one specific area of photography, i.e.: fashion, landscape, portraiture, events, etc? If so, which?

Vavi: I don’t like to limit myself on what type of photographer i am. But my portrait photography is a lot more consistent than the other areas. My work is often focused on issues surrounding sexism. Art is my voice and i have something loud and potent to say with it.


TOAN: What are your thoughts on saturation in the photography industry due to social media?

V: Ugh you really don’t want to get me started, haha. It’s extremely irritating having something you couldn’t imagine living your life without, be thrown around like an old rag for everyone to rub their nose on. A lot of people say it’s a good thing and a bad thing. Good because you get more exposure faster than before but bad because of the saturation. Which is honestly bullshit. I’d rather have 0 fan base than have to scroll through instagram seeing fuck boys take photos of girls in leotards and booty shorts. 


TOAN: Because of its origin and some specific knowledge of settings, numbers and so forth, do you consider photography an art, science, or skill/talent?

V: I mean i guess like any other art, photography is compiled of being an art, science and talent/skill. I know some artists that use the science of their medium really well and make amazing work from it that way. Then there are other artists like myself, that may not know every old trick in the book, but making art is in my blood.


TOAN: How did you decide on photography as something to commit your time to?

V: I didn’t decide to commit to photography. It’s not like committing to a diet or something. It’s something that has come natural to me since i was a kid. If i don’t shoot for a while, I start to go crazy. It’s like being hungry, if you don’t eat, you starve.


TOAN: What do you imagine to be doing with photography in 6 months? 5 years?

V: Im not really sure what’s in store for me within the next couple years with photography. I hella want to go on tour with my homies at some point as their photographer/videographer. Im actually starting to curate my own shows. The first one will be on August 15th at the Oakland Terminal featuring over 15+ women artist of all sorts of mediums. Slide through!