Silvana Trevale is an award winning, fashion and documentary photographer based in London, however she is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. Trevale left Venezuela at the young age of 17 years old, despite this the theme of Venezuela is continuous in her projects. Trevale uses her photography to draw attention to the issues in Venezuela. Trevale’s is influenced by Alexander Saladrigas, Kristin-Lee Molman and Viviane Sassen’s projectcalled Flamboya
Trevale’s main focus is fashion photography, however she lost the connection to ‘glamourous fashion’ and explored ‘alternative fashion’. Trevale studied BA hons Photography at the University of Huddersfield and later went on to graduate in 2017. After graduating university, Trevale moved to London where she worked as a waitress for the first 6 months. However, through working as a waitress she met the person who gave her, her first photography job.
Trevale was used to taking her images using a digital camera but one day she chose to challenge herself by going out of her comfort zone and started to use a film camera. The thought of using a medium format camera scared Trevale as it “sounded too serious” Trevale, S. (2017). Trevale says shooting images on film as stated on Trevale, S. (2017) “completely changed my practise as a photographer”. She feels that “the images are more considered” as “it takes time to calculate the light, compose the image and remember that you only have 12 shots” Trevale, S. (2017). However, Trevale states she is “in love with film” and that the “feeling and look that is obtained by using film is unique”. Trevale, S.(2017).
During her time at university, Trevale was chosen to participate in the ‘Offspring Photo Meet’ and went on to win the ‘Best Portfolio Bronze Award’ in 2017 with an image from her ‘Nosotras’ project (seen in above). This project is about celebrating the women of her country as “they work so hard everyday in order to keep everything in place in the middle of a crisis” (Trevale, S, 2020) ‘Nosotras’ translates to ‘us’ (feminine), Trevale named the project this in a way toadd herself into the project as she states: “I photographed women who have left the country like I did. I hope to be like them so I added myself in the project by calling it Us (in feminine)” (Trevale, S, 2020). Trevale created this project as away to cope with the communism issues happening in Venezuela; her home country. Although, from creating her ‘Nosotras’ project is how Trevale found her passion of making documentary work of her home country.