Fotomonday: Cruces – by Steffanie Padilla

With “Fotomonday“, each week we showcase the work of women photographers from around the world.




Cruces is the name of a pueblo in Chihuahua, México where my mother was born and raised, and is an ongoing project exploring the concept of identity. Over the years, I have gradually become observant on how incredibly arbitrary and easily shaped an individuals developing identity can be based on his or her environment.

With Cruces, I am interested in exploring the various factors that influence it, specifically by cultural norms and the media. As I am placed in a contrasting yet familiar territory, my grandfather’s cattle ranch, family members, and objects marked by time, pose questions about my own worldview by examining a space that has indirectly embedded itself into my existence.




Steffanie Padilla (b.1989) is an artist whose practice involves photography, collage, and video. Her work is based on the notion of perception and representation in relation to humans & non-human animals and considers mass media, culture, and food products as focal points for extensive psychological and philosophical research. Much of her work is characterized by the deconstruction of normative ideologies and often experiments with personal memories as material to analyze learned behavior.

In 2016, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from California State University of Long Beach and is now a prospective MFA applicant. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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All images and text © Steffanie Padilla