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The Woman Behind La Luna Negra: Jocelyn Esparza

The Woman Behind La Luna Negra: Jocelyn Esparza

June 06, 2017

“Persistent, bold, old school and original.” -Jocelyn Esparza
Get to know the LA-based photographer, artist, and all-around creative. Otherwise known by her instagram handle, la_luna_negra_, she has shot some really cool photographs for DBN! We're inspired by her passion and creativity. Read on to learn more about her art, her journey to becoming a pilot (!) and what kindness means to her. 

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do!

Well I am 25 going on 26, I am a big dreamer and that is where my art comes from, I love to create things and try new things all the time.

You’ve been able to self-start your work through blogging/photography/art —can you talk more about your work? What are some of the challenges? What do you love about it? What are you most proud of?

I honestly started at something that was a hobby to me. I’ve always been very critical of my work, so I never showed anyone what I had created. Then I slowly started opening up. I decided to create my own platform to speak out about what I thought should be brought to light. What better way to do so than my art and photography. Some challenges I've had, to be honest, have been coming across people who were trying to take advantage of me and my art. What I love about my platform and what I do is the amazing and absolutely kind people I have met, and the places I have been able to visit - because of connecting with people. What I am most proud of is how many people I have reached out to and how many people can actually connect with my art and photography.

What are you working on right now: what projects are holding the most focus?

I am currently working a shoot for black lives matter, I am super excited and carefully creating powerful photos I hope will reach thousands of people. I also am working on new art for some new jackets I'm doing. I've been very quietly working on these jackets because I want no influence by anyone else but my own, I am really pushing my creativity and imagination to reach my full potential.

Describe more about your personal style — what colors, silhouettes, styles, fabrics do you love?

Mmm... let's see I love green tones. I'm a big fan of handmade things with lots of patterns and colors and texture. I like to feel happy and alive when I’m wearing something.

What inspires you?

Almost everything inspires me but more than anything it's culture, my Mexican culture. Traveling as well. I get to observe people in different cities and countries, the way people interact and the culture that lives in the food, style, religion, etc.

Besides work, what are you most passionate about?

Flying! I am studying to be a pilot and every time I think of being up in the sky I feel an overwhelming joy. The sky truly is the limit unless you want to be an astronaut. haha

What’s the greatest life advice you’ve ever received?

"Don't ever feel you have to conform to society, you believe in something you go out and create it and never limit yourself."

What are some of your favorite local spots?

I love going to the Angeles Forest. It’s close enough that it's east to travel to but far away enough to be able to feel like I have space to think and breathe.

What does kindness mean to you?

Kindness. Kindness to me is to do a sweet gesture with the best intentions. A pastor once told me "picture a tree - it's a beautiful tree but it has all of its oranges taped on. People can pretend to be kind and giving but if it's not from the heart, then those fruits will just be taped on and you aren't actually bearing fruit." That's the way I see any kind of gesture - do it because you want to. Kindness should grow within to grow without.

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