Lola Gomez is an Austin, TX-based visual journalist. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Gomez moved to the United States in 2009 to reinvent herself pursuing her true passion, a career in photojournalism. In 2013, she graduated with high honors from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach, FL.
Gomez has the astonishing ability to capture global social issues within a single shot, and to create elaborate visual narratives through entire series of compelling images. She manages to transcend the limits of the photojournalistic genre to establish herself as a talented 21st-century image-maker and visual storyteller. While the impact of her images is undeniable, they are much more than sensationalist news images. With a highly developed sense of aesthetics and mise-en-scène, she carefully constructs and frames each shot by arranging visual elements in an artistic way to tell impactful stories. Her composition often plays on perspective, with strong diagonal lines and foreground distortion, which creates dynamic and dizzying images that draw you in. Another visual technique is her ingenious use of a “frame within the frame”, as a way of giving more weight to some areas of the photograph than others, with directing lines that lead the audience’s gaze, ultimately controlling not only the way our gaze enters an image, but also where our attention focuses. With a heightened sense of urgency, Gomez’s images have the ability to evoke the drama -and often the trauma- of what it means to be a vulnerable human being in our contemporary world.
Gomez has worked for the Orlando Sentinel and the Daytona Beach News-Journal for the last six year in Central Florida. She recently moved to Austin, TX to work full-time with the Austin American-Statesman, one of the top 5 most important newspapers in Texas. Benefitting from these publications in sharpening her photojournalistic skills, Gomez is also gaining professional experience and furthering her education in video, all of which are the building blocks to fulfilling her life's course towards humanitarian- and social-photojournalism.
AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS
Florida Society of News Editors. First place in Sports Photography
Florida Society of News Editors. Third place in Feature Photography
Monthly News Clip Contest (February). First and third place in Sports Action by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA)
Best of GateHouse 2017. First place in Photographer of the Year
Best of GateHouse 2017. First place in Videographer of the Year
Florida Press Club. Second place in Photography Sport Action
Monthly News Clip Contest (November). First place in Photo Story/Essay by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) for Stuck in Time
Best of GateHouse 2015. Second place in Photographer of the Year
Winner of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s Homeward Bound photo and video contest for My Heart Back Home
Silver in Domestic Picture Story category in the 68th College Photographer of the Year (CPOY) for My Heart Back Home
Departure at the Southeast Museum of Photography exhibiting My Heart Back Home