Armelis D’Orville is a photographer from Queens, NY whose creative journey is rooted in street photography. Once comfortable with her camera she developed an affinity for documentary photography and portraiture. This led to her first passion project, 103 Days of Corona, in which she documented the dynamic community of Corona, Queens where she was born and raised. In August of 2014, Armelis had the opportunity to exhibit 103 Days of Corona at Studio J Gallery in Long Island City, Queens, showing her work for the first time. This project gave Armelis the confidence she needed to launch her career as a photographer.
Consequently, she began working on a new series documenting women in their element, often photographing them in their homes. In 2015, Armelis presented the series at Ripe Art Gallery in Huntington, NY in a group exhibition for Women’s History Month. Wanting to expand her skills, Armelis enrolled in the photography program at The Fashion Institute of Technology in 2015, just one year after her first exhibition. She’s expected to graduate in May 2019 with a BFA in photography.
Currently Armelis is developing a new passion project: Own Your Pajon, where she will photograph and explore how Latina women are confidently embracing their natural hair, and thus their cultural roots. Inspired by her hard-working mother who immigrated from the Dominican Republic, Armelis commits full-time to her photographic career. She hopes to expand her brand and business in 2017 with a focus on portraiture and lifestyle photography.
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- T-Mobile USA, Inc.
- BLEU Magazine
- Naturally Happy Hair Magazine