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The Occult, Dark, Arcane and Mysterious with 4thieves

I come from a very Catholic country where images of wounded saints and the ideas of punishment and suffering are prevalent.

Art by Daniela Ubide Interview by Teo J. Babini

These days everyone likes a good horror show, the blood and guts of the Saw series a top grossing attraction in our times. But Daniela Ubide prefers her darkness in a martini glass, so to speak, elegant and understated.

She rises up in the middle of the night, undresses discreetly counting the stars ©Daniela Ubide

She rises up in the middle of the night, undresses discreetly counting the stars ©Daniela Ubide

You mention on your IG that you don’t use Photoshop. Do you do any kind of post-production or do you achieve the effects in your images in camera?
No Photoshop, ninety-nine percent of my pictures are taken with my iPhone, which I also use for a minimum of editing with apps like Snapseed.

La señal de la cruz ~ Santiguada ©Daniela Ubide

La señal de la cruz ~ Santiguada ©Daniela Ubide

Most of your work appears to use the same model, which I am assuming is you. Why do you choose to work mostly in self-portraiture?
Yes, the model is mostly me. It’s not something driven by ego, more of a practical matter… I am always around when I need to take photos.

I need to work this Maze out of my mind ©Daniela Ubide

I need to work this Maze out of my mind ©Daniela Ubide

You shoot both in a studio and on location. Which do you prefer? How do you find such cryptic locations?
I take pictures outdoors when on vacation. I’ve been lucky enough to visit some beautiful places, but there are a number of challenges when shooting in a location like where to set my tripod and having time to run to my mark before the timer goes. There is a sense of urgency and excitement when doing that, but also a lot of frustration. I have a vision of what I want to get and I really try to make it happen. In my studio it’s definitely easier, I can control the lighting and I stage my pictures like vignettes. I style and use some props, all from my closet, in a minimalist way.

Harpyia ©Daniela Ubide

Harpyia ©Daniela Ubide

Your images include many elements of horror and the occult. Is this an area of interest for you? Why?
I have always been attracted to the occult, dark, arcane and mysterious; maybe a little horror, but not gore, more romantic and stylish. I come from a very Catholic country where images of wounded saints and the ideas of punishment and suffering are prevalent. The imagery of Semana Santa (Holy Week) has been ingrained in my consciousness since childhood.

I dug some graves you'll never find ©Daniela Ubide

I dug some graves you’ll never find ©Daniela Ubide

Who or what are you stylistic inspirations?
I am inspired by music, silent movies, dance, ancient mythology and religious motifs. I try to interpret these things with my own vision, within my limitations.

You can see more of Daniela Ubide’s work on her Instagram

Penumbra ©Daniela Ubide

Penumbra ©Daniela Ubide

You know that I won t give up, I'll keep lighting matches in the shower ©Daniela Ubide

You know that I won t give up, I’ll keep lighting matches in the shower ©Daniela Ubide

Too many sails not enough breeze, I'm sailing out on my Shadowseas ©Daniela Ubide

Too many sails not enough breeze, I’m sailing out on my Shadowseas ©Daniela Ubide

Psychocandy ©Daniela Ubide

Psychocandy ©Daniela Ubide

She doesn't know if it was a blessing or a curse ©Daniela Ubide

She doesn’t know if it was a blessing or a curse ©Daniela Ubide

The Priest said I'm wicked for to worship the devils bird but I disregard his word and follow the Old ways ©Daniela Ubide

The Priest said I’m wicked for to worship the devils bird but I disregard his word and follow the Old ways ©Daniela Ubide

Growing Up through the night, Growing Over the door, Growing Out through the walls ©Daniela Ubide

Growing Up through the night, Growing Over the door, Growing Out through the walls ©Daniela Ubide

A Shadows Hug, a Tree's embrace ©Daniela Ubide

A Shadows Hug, a Tree’s embrace ©Daniela Ubide

A coven of One ©Daniela Ubide

A coven of One ©Daniela Ubide

A hundred broken Light bulbs above my head ©Daniela Ubide

A hundred broken Light bulbs above my head ©Daniela Ubide

Commedia dell'Morte Carnivale ©Daniela Ubide

Commedia dell’Morte Carnivale ©Daniela Ubide

A poisoned Mind ©Daniela Ubide

A poisoned Mind ©Daniela Ubide

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A Shadow in the Wind A Shadow in the Wind A Shadow in the Wind_1

4 Responses to “The Occult, Dark, Arcane and Mysterious with 4thieves”

  1. Felix Velvet says:

    Love her work! Unique and inspiring, indeed and strong… Daniela Ubide is one of my favourite photo artists. Bravo!

  2. Brandon Carroll says:

    Bravo! A very inspiring artist indeed.

  3. Jyri Luukkonen says:

    Truly amazing Daniela! I adore you, your photos and your style… the perfect package, I could say!

  4. Jeff says:

    Always inspiring work, and Daniela has also been a great support with many in the IG community

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