Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.
Paula Pogranizky; courtesy of Vanessa Monokian
Venessa Monokian takes pictures, but not in your ordinary point and shoot style. This artist must focus on the minor details and chop up some prints before she's satisfied. Her process is unique: after discarding the negative space, "I layer image upon image until a new composition emerges," she says.
Monokian's love for photography was sparked by inquisitiveness.
"I just became curious about it," she says, adding how she then began to take classes on how the camera works. and thus her "life-long obsession began." Her passion has since taken her on various journeys across the globe, but one of the most rewarding aspects of her photography is how she can take a piece of her home wherever she goes.More »