Carlos Mendoza is a London-based fashion photographer, born in Italy from Mexican origin. The international character of Carlos’ upbringing, strongly influenced by the classical vestiges that surrounded him in Rome during his formative years, shines through his meticulously staged photographs.
Carlos approaches photography in the same way as a Renaissance artist would have composed a painting: from the props used in the setting to the pose of the models, the use of light down to the smallest detail, everything tells a story, every element has a meaning – most often than not a secret meaning – just like in the works of Italian and Flemish Renaissance artists, epitomized by the fantastic imagery of Hieronymus Bosch’s paintings.
These compositions are the result of a joint effort between art historian and iconologist Martina Cammerata and Carlos Mendoza. Carlos stages himself each and every composition, creating his own props and, with the help of make-up artists, delves into the collective unconscious altering at the same time the anthropomorphic appearance of his models.
The titles of the compositions, often derived by the scene’s setting and its props, are a further link to XV century iconology. However, even though the imagery belongs to the Renaissance, the settings, the objects and the mood itself are derived from XX century Surrealism, inextricably linked to Carlos’ own imagination and subconscious.