“Self-love is about having a positive and caring attitude towards oneself and prioritizing our own well-being.” This sense of depth sets the tone for our photo series by Peruvian photographer, Mauricio Gil, featuring model Morgana Carmona.
In this intimate exploration, Gil unravels Carmona’s multifaceted personality in the controlled environment of a studio. The focus is on the individual, and each image reveals another facet of her character: sweet confidence in her smile, personal stories printed on her skin.
Gil’s photographic style respects the complexity and depth of the human subject, without embellishment. The result is a candid celebration of self-love and individuality, a visual symphony of the extraordinary within the ordinary.
What’s one life lesson you’ve learned that you’d like to share with other people?
Never stop learning. Learning is a lifelong process that enriches our minds, broadens our perspectives, and helps us grow as individuals. Whether it’s through formal education, personal experience, or interactions with others, we should always strive to learn and improve ourselves.
How do you define a successful life? Is it more about personal happiness, professional success, or something else?
For me, success is a combination of personal happiness and professional success. I love what I am studying – biology – and I want to devote myself to it completely, which makes me very happy. To truly make a difference and help improve the world, I need to be successful in some way.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
Be yourself. Stop worrying about other people and what they could say or think; in reality, it’s only important what you think and what you want.
“Success is a combination of personal happiness and professional success.”
I see you have a great love for nature. Are you a city person or a countryside person?
I do love nature. I currently live in the city because I study here, but once I finish, I am definitely moving to some beautiful beach somewhere, like the Gold Coast in Australia.
How do you deal with failures and setbacks in life?
Firstly, it’s important to accept and allow yourself to feel any negative emotions that may arise. Secondly, try to reframe the situation positively, and see it as an opportunity for growth and learning. Finally, stay focused, keep moving forward, and don’t give up on your goals.
How do you define self-love and how important is it in your life?
Self-love is about having a positive and caring attitude towards oneself and prioritizing our own well-being. It’s crucial in maintaining good mental and emotional health, and impacts how we treat and interact with others. Self-love includes self-respect, self-compassion, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. For me, it’s important to practice self-love in my life by taking care of my physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being, doing things that make me happy, and setting boundaries that respect my own needs.
“Be yourself. In reality, it’s only important what you think and what you want.”
If you could change one thing about the world to make it a better place, what would it be and why?
If I could change one thing about the world to make it a better place, it would be to find a solution to climate change. Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humanity today, and it’s causing widespread negative impacts on the environment, society, and the economy. It’s crucial that we take urgent action to mitigate the effects of climate change before we reach a point of no return. We need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition towards clean energy, and implement sustainable practices in all sectors. It’s important because a stable climate is essential for sustaining life on Earth and securing a better future for generations to come.
Photographer: Mauricio Gil – @mauriciogil.foto
Model: Morgana Carmona – @morganacarmonaw