Vanessa Alami shoots a lot of nudes because she likes to experiment with the shapes of the body. It's one of her favourite themes. "I like to show the beauty of the people I'm working with," she says.
The third-place series of images are a portrait of Susana Vilchez, a writer and good friend of Vanessa's. "The body painting we did is very simple but really strong because of their dark color against her white body," she says. "It's all about shapes and colours and her deep look to the camera. The model, Susana, is a writer, so what I did was write her own poems on her body and write the text of writers she admires on sheets of paper, which I scattered on the floor around her. So she is wrapped in the company of her literature, and that's the way I like to define her."
Vanessa studied photography at the school of Gris Art and at a small school of photography in Madrid, Metropolis, where she was taught by Chus de la Cruz. Her own projects and exhibitions include "Kiss me corason" and "Hay tor tor tortilla", both of which were accompanied by Susana Vilchez's texts. Vanessa also made a calendar in 2008 about nudes in 12 streets of Barcelona. She is about to start cinema studies in Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
One of Vanessa's exhibitions is currently in Amsterdam and she is working on a couple of projects this year, one of them in collaboration with Samuel Urtxaga (an engraver) which will mix both artists' techniques and styles.