Ana V. Ramirez Posts

Material possessions are an unavoidable reality; on our travels and throughout our lives we collect things. But these things aren’t, at least for me, just things. I am a very sentimental person and with every object there are a multitude of feelings and memories. When my mother died she left me a lot of things – beautiful things. In spite of my efforts to reduce the amount of things that I own I have had a very difficult time parting with all these beautiful objects. With this new photography project, I am exploring the beauty in these things and creating something that goes beyond the object and is deeply personal.

Read More The Things We Leave Behind – A Personal Project

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Currently, it’s tomato season in Southern California and there’s nothing better than fresh, ripe tomatoes. Not the bland ones that have been picked before ripening and then traveled for miles but the sweet, juicy ones with tons of flavor from the farmers’ market. The Vista Farmers’ Market is fantastic – lots of organic produce from local farms as well as prepared food and arts and crafts. Everything there is fresh and reasonably priced.

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Cherry tomatoes at the market

Every Saturday, local vendors set up their booths at the market and display whatever is in season. One of the best things about San Diego is the fact that there are farmers’ markets across town every day of the week and throughout the year. No matter where you live there is a weekly farmers’ market nearby. That makes it easy to buy fresh, organic produce and, as an added benefit of shopping at any one of these markets, your dollars support the local economy in a very direct way.

The produce from the Vista Farmers’ Market is excellent quality and makes not just delicious meals but great photography subjects. Everything I bought I chose with both purposes in mind. Keep reading to see the other photos…

Read More Heirloom Tomatoes – The Story Behind the Images

Food photography The story

Hello and welcome to my new blog! After more than a year of absence, I have decided to re-launch with more valuable and relevant content. I have learned that living…

Read More I’m back!

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It all started with a project I did last year called “Forbidden Foods” that project made a statement on those foods that we love, that aren’t good for us, but that we can’t live without. It has now morphed into what I call “What are you Eating?” a food photography project about what is in our foods. This project seeks to portray in a playful way that there are ingredients in our food that we are unaware of and that can ultimately cause harm. Regulations for food labeling are under debate and even when an ingredient is listed in the food do we actually know what it is and what it can do to our bodies? Is ignorance really bliss? This project is intended to make people stop and think and make them realize that they may not be aware of everything that is in their food. Read More What are you Eating? – a Food Photography Project

Food photography The story

Last fall I received an email I thought was spam. Someone contacted me and asked if I would be interested in partnering with Pottery Barn and become one of their artists. I thought it was a joke. Turned out it wasn’t. I kept it secret while we were in negotiations because I actually was afraid it might not happen. But it did. It is an incredible honor that I my work is part of Pottery Barn’s wall art collection. The whole process was really interesting. Read More Pottery Barn Artist? Yes I am!

Gratitude Photography The story


As is my tradition (since 2010 :-)) I wanted to take the last photograph of 2012 on December 31st. I went out with the intention of getting local Christmas lights…

Read More The Last Shot of 2012

Gratitude The story

I have to say I’m somewhat relieved that the year is almost over and that I made it through the holiday season. It wasn’t easy. This year was a roller coaster…

Read More The Last Shot of 2011

Gratitude The story