I'm María, photographer, retoucher and self portraiture artist.

I was born in 1987 in Caracas, Venezuela. The first song I loved was Bohemian Rhapsody at age 5, and my fascination with music would only expand over time. I started liking cameras when I was in college, and soon was photographing my friend's shows after graduating. I then went on to work with Revista Ladosis and Guataca Producciones until I moved to Boston in 2012 to both further my education and quench my thirst for rock and roll.

I am now a staff photographer at Melodic Magazine and Vanyaland, and have been a collaborator for publications such as Live For Live Music, Consequence of Sound, Allston PuddingFollowing Boston and Do617.

Along the way, I've photographed some of my all time favorite artists: Queen, Kiss, Royal Blood, Rival Sons, Sebastian Bach, Zakk Wylde, and many more. You would think this quenched that thirst: absolutely not, it only made it stronger.

My general approach can be summed up in the words of Paul Stanley in the Rise To It video: There's nothing we can't do. 

© Maria Alejandra Mata 2022
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