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Ignacio Vazquez


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My life goals is to manage to create something that can be seen worldwide and ultimately leave some sort of message.


Washington Middle College High

High School
2020 - 2024


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Film/Video and Photographic Arts
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Motion Pictures and Film

    • Dream career goals:

      Aurelio J. Barrera Memorial Arts Scholarship
      Hello my name is Ignacio Vazquez Diaz de Leon, I am currently 17 years old and I am in my senior year of high school. I am from Sinaloa, Mexico but was born here in the United States. I started to get into photography around a year ago. It began when I bought a 20 dollar Fujifilm Finepix digital camera from Goodwill. I bought it as a way to document my junior year and preserve the memories in physical photos to myself in the future. I started with absolutely zero knowledge about cameras. I thought of them as just a regular point and shoot camera where you can only adjust the brightness and that was about it. That all changed when I got a Sears KS 500 for 5 dollars that was rusted, filled with corrosion, had no lens, and was overall in no working condition. Seeing how the KS 500 looked restored and seeing a specific picture on lomography that it captured, I started to look for an actual film camera that worked, that is when I decided to bike from West Sacramento all the way to East Sacramento to a local camera shop, where I bought an OM1 with a broken light meter. My first roll came out horrible as I didn't know about ISO, aperture, shutter speed, etc. As time moved on I managed to learn the basic principles of lighting, acquired over 10 SLR cameras, and now I am searching for a proper DSLR. This scholarship will help me pursue my education in photography by giving me the needs to acquire a proper camera set up, that will allow me to advance on a project I have been thinking about. It involves my Hispanic community and giving them a platform to tell their personal stories and documenting their everyday life. I believe the life of my people can be better understood through imagery and not just words. For example, when my grandmother was still alive, even at the age of 67 she was doing the most hard laboring tasks that would amaze me. Seeing this 67 year old woman wake up at 6:00 am making food for 10 people then carrying gallons of water and food to feed the pigs in Sinaloa's hot weather left me with my jaw opened. It is stories and situations like these that I wish to show visually so people can actually witness how hard working and astonishing my people are.