"...Art is endless like a river flowing,
passing, yet remaining, a mirror to the same
inconstant Heraclitus, who is the same
and yet another, like the river flowing."
Jorge Luis Borges
all rights reserved Carmen Gonzalez
Photography: Carmen Gonzalez
I do not allow my photos to be downloaded or used for any matter without my permission
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my slideshow on flickr:
- VISUAL POETRY (+ blur -sharp) 2,122 photos, 3,389 members
- ~The Magic of Colours~ 16,883 photos, 4,322 members
- Hearts Of Darkness 100 photos, 3 members
- gluten, swans, dream interpretations, cheeseburgers, dopamine an 699 photos, 60 members
- Flickr's Chosen Few ( F.C.F. ) !!TOTALLY CLOSED!! . 12,953 photos, 3,516 members
- DdA Factory 143 photos, 15 members
- "Urban Wandering" 58,466 photos, 1,396 members
- Abandon villas and residences 15,599 photos, 321 members
- Urban Exploration - Exploring Abandonments 335,075 photos, 12,346 members
- Mr Mistoffelees 154 photos, 11 members
- Tributo a Francesca Woodman / Tribute to Francesca Woodman 4,390 photos, 647 members
- Sueño con Serpientes 7,586 photos, 397 members
- Clair de femme 38,280 photos, 4,753 members
- F for Fabulous, Fantastic, Fascinating 1,991 photos, 473 members
- Alternate Realities: Surreal & Mystical Images 33,011 photos, 3,162 members
- Ethereal World 58,186 photos, 3,200 members
- The Beautiful Side of Darkness 1,133 photos, 583 members
- DelicadA EleganciA // DelicatE ElegancE 31,449 photos, 924 members
- Black & White Favorites 12,094 photos, 5,811 members
- Lilac Photo Magazine 7,821 photos, 298 members
- Obsessive sheep photographers 17,792 photos, 2,258 members
- PLYM Magazine 162,678 photos, 4,057 members
- all cats are gray by NIGHT 20,074 photos, 1,173 members
- Ingmar Bergman's 63rd Film 8,780 photos, 822 members
- PRO★DIGY 8,410 photos, 675 members
- Prime (invitation) 3,498 photos, 175 members
- the art of unsophisticatedness 851 photos, 199 members
- We are all made of stars 2,998 photos, 1,597 members
- Art & Communication 849 photos, 73 members
- Female Self-Portrait Artists' Support Group (FSPASG) 5,203 photos, 250 members
- Beyond the Sea 17,500 photos, 297 members
- Mat'sGallery 45,889 photos, 898 members
- B&W poetry 391 photos, 24 members
- Moments [in White] 3,727 photos, 1,739 members
- Moody trees 138 photos, 36 members
- Underwater Photos 151,227 photos, 8,828 members
- The Oracle of Superb Muses/100 Faves 6,242 photos, 358 members
- Fictitious Reality 21- Soleá Exhibition 26 photos, 469 members
- ! Images for the Little Prince 46,217 photos, 3,379 members
- MONOCHROME ART (Post 1- Award 2) - 28,783 photos, 2,605 members
- Documentary Photography / Photojournalism 86,825 photos, 3,368 members
- Het Doka Archief 12,332 photos, 354 members
- BW and Sepia 339,334 photos, 10,247 members
- Documentary Portraiture 40,805 photos, 2,610 members
- De Doka (1 foto, 1 comment) 311,018 photos, 2,486 members
- Black and White (Photography) 204,984 photos, 8,768 members
- Decayed yet Hauntingly Beautiful 113,474 photos, 8,246 members
- Photographers Against Theft 4,374 photos, 585 members
- Lonely Planet Publications: Photobook 379,542 photos, 10,068 members
- Italy in Black & White 22,373 photos, 4,076 members
Sarina Gito Photography says:
"schitterend mooi, creatief en inspirerend!!
Solea's images say a thousands things about emotion without uttering a word. Thank you for sharing your work and visiting my stream now and again...i hope one day to develop creative skills like yours *smile*
oh yes...and your music tastes rock!! =) X"
July 16th, 2011
"Solea masterly captures the divine beauty through her self expression...!!!"
October 15th, 2010
Leah Johnston says:
What can I say about her has not already been said? She is clearly a veteran photographer on this site whose work never ceases to amaze. Her portfolio is a jaw-dropping array of versatility- ranging from her darkest dreams to her most uplifting fantasies. Soft, beautiful, emotional, tender- she is the essence of what it means to be an incredible artist. I would put any one of her photos on my wall and be endlessly inspired by her beautiful soul."
June 26th, 2010
"Soleá is by far one of the most incredible photographers/artists I have ever seen. I have followed her work for years now and it is just a constant state of amazement what she is able to come up with. Awe inspiring does not even begin to describe her work. Soleá is an incredible person and a real joy to know. Way to go Soleá!!!"
May 19th, 2010
"Solea is a soul unlike any other her beauty both physically intellectually and artistically can be out bid by no other a pleasure to call her a great inspiration lovely friend but mostly an artist who does not comprimise her integrity a true free spirit Carmen like the opera although no one will
nor can stop the BRAVO her art will continue shes left her footprint and continues a walking angel although dont underestimate her sensitive nature art or beauty Carmens wit is just as quick as that finger she got for the shutter switch genius!
April 20th, 2010
"Tengo a Carmen fichada como contacto desde hace mucho tiempo, me llamo la atencion su avatar (ella misma haciendo un gran globo de chicle), fue la tercera persona que hice como contacto, la he visto crecer como fotografa, desde que trabajaba en una oficina hasta el salto profesional desde aqui, desde flickr.
Tengo el honor de tener algun comentario suyo en algunas de mis fotos, y cuando digo honor me refiero al mas amplio sentido de la palabra.
Es una mujer inteligente, sensible, atractivisima y una gran artista.
Sus imagenes te transportan tanto a paraisos lejanos, como a lo mas profundo y puro de la sensualidad femenina.
Lo mejor para mi son sus autoretratos (me encanta verte Carmen.. eres una preciosidad), pero cualquier fotografia tomada por ella es automaticamente considerada, por mi, una obra de arte.
Besos Carmen, gracias por la inspiracion que me provocas!!!"
January 28th, 2010
"Unbearable lightness of human being redefined.
One feels Cathars are walking among us again."
January 28th, 2010
Rebecca Nathan says:
"Carmen, you are one of the most beautiful people I have seen on Flickr, I love how you express emotion and the mystery you imply. You take absolutely stunning photos, they have a beautiful balance of mystery and sensuality. Your work is of such a high standard. It's a pleasure to have made your acquaintance!"
November 26th, 2009
Maddy Clare says:
"Carmen is one of the greatest photographers on flickr and it's taken me way too long to write a testimonial for her!!
~This is a gallery, of creative, emotional, passionate photos, that bring you to another state of mind. It's the most beautiful escape I can imagine! No matter what kind of photography slump you're in.. Carmen's pics will bring you back. It's exactly what she did for me! And if you aren't a photographer.. she'll make you want to start :) So just sit back, and absorb the amazing images.
Big Hugs, Carmen!"
October 24th, 2009
"One word only : RESPECTS!"
October 25th, 2009
Anna Osk says:
"Her dreamlike images are like food for the soul! I get inspired and I'm in awe of her beautiful work!
This girl is going to go far..mark my words!
Best regards from Iceland,
September 30th, 2009
"Carmen has one of the classiest streams on Flickr. Her work will endure far beyond it. She is a skilled artisan behind the camera, a magician on photoshop and an encouraging friend too. Her work is beginning to be exhibited across europe and I look forward to the day she holds an exhibition in London."
September 22nd, 2009
attractive chance says:
"bijzondere foto's en bijzondere bewerking van de beelden... het zijn bijna schilderijen zó mooi..."
July 15th, 2009
"Carmen is a beautiful individual revealed through her talented work. A woman who’s physical form is coincidentally beautiful, her images either of herself or others, is sensed from a depth within her. Viewing her work, I’m left feeling like having been given an honored placed at the table of a great feast of joyful creation and inadequately thankful for being so wonderfully nourished."
April 26th, 2009
"Well, I'm going to say it before any one else does, if they haven't already done so... Carmen is a genius. O.K., so how can I qualify this in today's media saturated world, where the word "genius" is applied both frequently and flippantly?
Firstly, Carmen is a woman who turns the camera on herself and, in doing so, becomes both voyeur and exhibitor, artist and model. This is artistically important, and follows in an artistic tradition, however it isn't only Carmen who adopts this technique. There are other reasons why I make my claim...
Secondly, Carmens' beautiful photographs are so technically accomplished and her modeling skills, so honed, that she mimicks the Old Masters with her portraiture. We not only get the outer beauty of Carmen's obvious physical attractiveness, we also get the inner beauty of subjective, affective human experience.
Thirdly, Carmen transcends the limitations of the Internet (her stage) revealing an evocation of emotion and subjective human experience that precisely expresses the human condition, within the boundaries of Internet usage. Carmen has found a way of communicating profound emotions across this technological arena, that is full of fleeting and unrewarding human contact. By doing this she reflects Octavio Paz's extraordinarily insightful poetry about the absurdity of human relationships - the paradox of the self and the human need to connect to others. She also reflects Derrida's philosophy of "Hypereality", and maybe Carmen has found an artistic solution to Derridas' insightful examination of contemporary culture? Carmen has brought these ideas up to date and expresses them beautifully and with clarity within the Internet arena.
Carmen is also a lovely person and an inspiring friend :-)
February 6th, 2009
"Hace rato no entraba a tus fotos ...
Eres mi favorita fotografa, cada vez mejor ..."
November 3rd, 2008
Sayid Budhi says:
""I have just discovered soleá's photostream about 1 year ago and How should I said if she is a good person who has said with the beautiful words, and of course she’s also has the beautiful face. Her eyes gaze make every male heart running fast. Each her self-portrait always showing that she’s as a beautiful self-portrait of sensual artist. This is a rare skill that other women-owned.
"soleá..., your work leaves me breathless in a visual wake of by gone times and secret places..."
"I ONLY CAPTURE WHAT BEAUTY I SEE, BUT YOU CREATE BEAUTY".
Thank you for being as a friend after i'm waiting for one year. and I always wanting to see your next beautiful photos.
Please keep hold my hands.
Doc Budie ( Jakarta - Indonesia )"
October 15th, 2008
"Solea's photography keeps everyone guessing about what her next subject will be and we anticipate it every day. She has mastered the art of the erotic without compromise. Her eye for great scenes is second to none and it shows in each photo she gives to us. She has a taste for the mystical and the ordinary everyday world, which is a very hard thing to do. - and all of us appreciate her work and artistry."
August 10th, 2008
raspy fnord says:
"No doubt soleá is an outstanding photographer. One of her remarkable skills is the erotic picture. She knows how to create the certain ambiance of allure, which leaves enough fantasy to the viewers. That’s the reason, why she is one of the supporting members of the Museum of Erotic Art. Thank you for joining us. - Marco"
August 9th, 2008
Anima Fotografie says:
"First let me start with an apology Carmen. I just realised moments ago that I had not put down a few words in appreciation of you great talent & beauty. Well, I suppose you already know the high esteem in which I hold you here since I was first captivated & entranced by your exquisite image creations. So now I get to say to anyone who is visiting your flickr photo stream for the first time something they have already realised probably - this woman is indeed as talented as she is beautiful. If they've seen your landscapes they will already be in a kind of reverie, as these images do indeed seem to come straight from beautiful dreams. As for your sublimely beautiful self portraits, they will no doubt, despite their best efforts, be completely smitten, as I am by them, every time... :-)
When singers sing soleá, they normally choose different verses, with different melodies, and combine them according to the inspiration of the moment.
Carmen Gonzalez does this with light & form & emotion, & that is why she chose the perfect name here..."
April 25th, 2008
"Beauty is in the heart and soul of a human-being, reflected in the eyes.
Skill and talent are settled in the same places and all of this is united in you.
You manage to change your style like a chameleon. And that to me represents a true artist. I learn from you, I watch you... But most of the time I just stare at your work with a silly grin of admiration.
I've never met such a nice Überbitch like you. Keep on growing, keep on glowing, keep on shining."
April 18th, 2008
wakeful drop says:
"Carmen is one of the most phenomenal photographers on flickr (or anywhere). She has the most incredible talent and makes you feel like you are looking at fine pieces of art in her work. I always look forward to her new posts and find her so inspirational in my own work. Just an amazing person!"
April 11th, 2008
Arbor Lux says:
"Prose seems to fail me when thinking about Carmen's wonderful talented work; And so much has already been written (I sprained my finger scrolling down to the bottom of this testimonial list, that should tell you something! So I wrote a poem instead:
She dances it so brilliantly
Spinning rhythms in the penumbras
Weaving poetry between dark and bright
I see her spirit refract in symmetry
Optical butterfly wing cartographies
Spreading out from a lens so pure
How precious this self-reflexive beauty
The muse caressing her self with art
How many ecstatic pixel mariners
Flounder happily in this stream sublime?
A treasure box of soft sultry light
And raven tress shadow
She knows curves and owns them too
Draws them out in such soft hue
But that is half not the whole
See how her eye loves equally the land
Weaving passion poems of rivers and trees
She makes love with snow and bloom
Touching gentle the earth and sky
And yet soulscapes noir seduce us too
Is there nothing this woman cannot do?
I have a vision of her in my mind
Gazing out from that speeding euro-train
Racing towards expectant horizons
This elegant artist-sylph
Eyes calmly glowing
With such bright prospect"
January 31st, 2008
"Carmen's photo's have a strong boomerang effect on me: I keep coming back to them. They are full of atmosphere, style, beauty.
Her compositions, colours, subject, processing, techniques, it all make sense.
And how does she do it, all those amazing SP's?
Carmen, I'm your fan ;-)"
January 9th, 2008
"Unequivocally, Carmen is a gifted & talented photographer, her creativity combined with visualization & post processing skills in PS always makes her stunning images a pleasure to view. Her diverse work makes one wonder what she'll be posting next. Keep up the good work & warm congrats for the all recognitions, Happy Shooting!!!"
January 4th, 2008
sable balance says:
"Wow, wonderful work ... I'm so glad having found Carmen's stream on flickr - her work is absolutely beautiful and fresh. Her images are always a joy to see - I'm glad calling you a flickr-friend. Thank You for sharing all your gems with us. Keep up the great work!"
November 15th, 2007
"Wow! never seen such a beauty before on the flickr.com website!! If there was a flickrbeauty contest she would win!! yes !! wow! She's my favorite!! And what about her pictures!! Really great! Every week i check her page hoping for an update. Those eyes can melt an iceberg!! zo beter?"
April 11th, 2005
"Ok, so I have no idea why I haven't left a testimonial for Carmen until now ~hangs head in shame~ but there is no time like the present to correct that injustice.
soleá - Carmen G. is a study in contrasts, of the duality of the human spirit..playful yet so serious, sexy yet so sweet, provocative and inspiring, of darkness and light. Years from now people will look back at her successful career and recall the days when she was posting stunning imagery on flickr, before the magazine articles, before the fame. I will be happy to count myself amongst her early fans before it all began.
Gelukwensen Carmen! You are a wonderful artist!"
September 22nd, 2007
"No se puede entender lo que es flickr sin visitar a soleá y ver todas sus fotos de la primera a la última. La sigo desde que empecé aquí en junio de 2005. No dejo de admirarme ante su calidad fotográfica en todos los sentidos.
Aunque el tema que más frecuenta es el autorretrato mágico, tampoco se le resisten los paisajes con carácter.
Carmen es pura magia, una hechicera de la luz que no para de emocionarme."
September 22nd, 2007
Haggis Chick says:
"I absolutely love this crazy mental woman!!!! She's a darling through and through and one of the nicest most helpful people I have ever come across in my life. I want to squeeze the life out of you Carmen and thank you soooo much for the help you gave me in guiding me towards building my first portfolio for college. If it wasn't for your help I doubt I would have got in.
Carmen's work is absolutely stunning in every way imaginable. I'm in total awe of her work and so damn fecking jealous I'm not as good as her sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!
There is nothing more I can say about Carmen's work that a thousand and one others haven't said already. I'm just pissed off that I'm always the last on the list to comment!!!!"
August 1st, 2007
"Solea is the perfection. Sensuality. The talent. She is the best photographer that I have ever met on Flickr. All my admiration goes to her.
The new her nick is: Amazing Solea!"
July 3rd, 2007
"What can I tell you about Solea, or actually Carmen?
Well, she's the flickr queen with more the 2.000.000
views. She has been in newspapers and magazines
and recently on television too! Her dreamscapes and
sensual portraits are a true inspiration for many of us,
or at least for me. Come wander around her portfolio
and get inspired too. Her next idea, I'm sure, will move her
one little step forwards to become a professional artist.
I hope we won't lose her ..."
June 8th, 2007
"Carmen. One Beautiful Human Being."
April 26th, 2007
"Her pictures have a dream like quality, is very creative and special. Carmen has produced memorable images. I love her work!"
April 1st, 2007
_Paula AnDDrade says:
"Solea is the master of self portraiture!
Creative, skilled, bold, beautiful, an inspiration!
Thank you for sharing your amazing art with us! :o)"
March 23rd, 2007
Innamorata Crush says:
"A woman of incredible beauty, talent, grace, her photographs show a lovely soul. Carmen was one of the first photographers I viewed on flickr. I gasped at a photograph of her wearing a wig and holding a piece of fruit. I wanted with all my heart to be that beautiful woman. Then to find she was the photographer as well... I closed her stream and vowed never to look again.
Of course, I came back, how could I not? so many amazing images to see, such variety... after I calmed, after I decided to enjoy, I left comments of appreciation.
During this time I started to take my own photographs, clumsy, but with heart. On one photograph, I wrote a disclaimer about flaws in my work and to my surprise I found a comment from Carmen. She said that it doesn't matter if a work is flawed, sometimes it is even good.
I fell for her then.
I don't think I ever thanked you for those words, I get tears just thinking of how much they meant to me. It is very kind of you to travel around to the streams of your admirers, to find something to say, to favourite a photo, it means alot. and it takes time, and I thank you for it.
You make a difference, most lovely woman, with your art, with your presense
February 16th, 2007
the mighty jimbo says:
"carmen's photos make me want to put on lingerie and take pictures of myself.
sadly, i think that just wouldn't be quite the same.
(for the record, nobody on flickr has elevated the self-portrait to as high an art. nobody.)"
December 5th, 2006
"Carmen creates such wonderful photos with beauty, inspiration, and magical power. She is an excellent artist of photography and her beautiful works are truly impressive."
January 7th, 2007
"Carmen is not only a great, inspiring photographer, she is a beautiful woman with a beautiful mind. She is a Queen of Sensuality!"
December 23rd, 2006
"An exquisite & sensual work I can see in the Solea's photostream. Beautiful compositions with a delicate touch of elegance.
Tus imágenes también me hablan de maravillosos pasajes que solo he visto en mi mente... hasta ahora."
December 22nd, 2006
Miss Aniela says:
"Two words: Bloody...wow.
Wouldn't be surprised if the number of comments on some of her shots went into four figures!
Some of her images are like paintings. Others are simply masterpieces. Always something different, yet always reliably trademark Solea. And I love her indefatigable pride as a self-portrait artist - a great and reassuring example to others.
You are an absolute inspiration Solea. I feel like going out with my camera right now. And it's midnight."
December 19th, 2006
"Carmen. it is difficult to write about her. That is probably why I waited for so long to write this. The reason is because her art is so diverse- she can do it all. She really does it all and very well. She is the first flickr contact after I joined that I fell in love with her art. She portrays a very dark and magical world through her landscapes and self-portraits. She is probably most famous for her excellent portraits, but any one that likes her art should really look at her other work as well, they're all awesome.
However, Carmen is such a magical being herself that it is too easy to become spellbound by her self-portraits. One can possibly be forgiven for that- just as long as one does not mistake her for being one-dimensional.
Her work is magic."
September 14th, 2006
"a very sensual woman of profound depth and talent
a mystery of an archtype
a subtle siren..."
August 24th, 2006
giant stitch says:
"one word :
I N S P I R A T I O N A L
August 19th, 2006
ceaseless cap says:
August 4th, 2006
Splinter Group says:
"I have followed Solea's photostream ever since I joined Flickr. She is a highly skilled photographer and photoshop user, but so are many others on Flickr. She is a beautiful and expressive model and there are many of those as well.
Solea, however, is quite possibly the most impressive talent on the entire site. What makes her work so outstanding is that she combines these exceptional modeling and photographing skills at the same time in her self portraits. Her taste is exceptional and her only limits are self imposed. Her skills and talent have continued to grow rapidly. The breadth and depth of her photo work is exceptional both in subject and in mood.
I admire and enjoy her work. Though we have never met and probably never will, I am proud to call her friend."
July 15th, 2006
Know your enemy says:
"I just recently found this site and was captivated by this extrodinary artist by the name of Solea. Her passion for the art of photography shows in all of her work and is the reason I look around this site to find others who are at her level. I have to say by far she is in her own class. I am looking forward to the day she has her own gallery and would love to be there when it opens so I can meet the woman behind the camera, and say thank you.
Well I have to say that this great artist has cast a spell on me that has lead to my finding poetry and the fact that she and others like it has made my day and I will continue this so that all can feel in my words what they feel in her photos. Keep up the great work darling you will go far."
June 18th, 2006
"This mesmerizingly beautiful woman casts a spell with her photographs, whether she's in them or not. It seems a privilege to view Solea's work and see her skills develop both in camera and via Photoshop. Moving, hypnotizing, ravishing, honest, vulnerable, sensual, dazzling, erotic... there is no end to the list of adjectives one can use to describe both her pictures and her. I hope with each new photograph that she'll crawl out of my screen to be with me. Someday."
June 17th, 2006
"I love Carmen's photos mainly for its Uniqueness.
She has a unique skill of picturising darkness
and use some really unimaginable shades"
June 3rd, 2006
"Solea is a "soft skin" photographer !"
May 17th, 2006
Edgar Dacosta says:
Desprende elegancia, perfeccion y feminidad por cada poro de su piel y por cada pixel de su camara...
Todo lo que tocas lo conviertes en oro.
No lo dejes nunca Carmen.
May 15th, 2006
"I've been a fan of Solea's photos for a while now, so its about time I wrote her a testimonial. What else can I say other than stunning? She has a rare talent, and I always look forward to seeing what she comes up with next."
May 9th, 2006
Cherry Moon says:
"To say that "Solea has inspired me" would be an understatement.
She has an eye for things most people wouldn't consider capturing, such as an unbuckled shoe... or the detail of the reflection in ones eye.
Her self portraits are stunning, and fantastically tasteful. Her every emotions can be seen and felt by just looking at her shot and reading her words.
Very talented, indeed.
Solea, I am honored to be among one of your many fans. Keep it up, nena..."
April 27th, 2006
"Quite simply my fave photographer on flickr and a real inspiration when i felt like giving it up :-)
Keep all those beautiful pics coming Carmen!"
April 18th, 2006
"I love her ability to relate a song or a poem to her photos. It gives more meaning to the pictures.
She has been blessed with a pretty face and a talent to "flick".
She knows how to project and chooses her subjects well."
April 13th, 2006
"Carmen is the first beautiful lady that I discovered on Flickr. I was instantly captivated, impressed and inspired by her angelic self portraits. It feel privileged seeing the world through her lovely eyes and watching her progression. She is a permanent fixture in my contact list, and her thumbnails will always be clicked by me.
Carmen, I am happy to have found you. :)"
April 4th, 2006
finicky whistle says:
"Like i alwayz said, Carmen is 1 of da 1st main flickr divas,
who took self portraits 2 another level.
dayyuumm lekkere pinda!
Beautifoo inside n out, intelli, witty, cre8ive & phun 2 interact with
what do we want more?!
Solea puts a lot of f-fort in her flickr,
she totally d-serves all the attention
I'm proud of u honey, u bizzy crackr ;)
big phat mmuuaaxxx"
March 16th, 2006
"That is gonna be the shorter testimonial ever... you don't know her? Just go to her pictures and stop reading that... if you do know her... well, then you know what i'm talking about... ;)
You are the BEST, Solea... i love you Carmen... kusjes... =**"
March 8th, 2006
maniacal cattle says:
"if a life have been well disposed to you and you got sense of art Carmen's profile will catch your eye in a second ...it does not matter how long you test her work ...the minute you see her portraits her nature compositions you lose a feeling of time and can watch them forever ...you are addicted
Carmen for my opinion manages to promote this site from one more sites of sharing pics via internet worldwide to one and only in its uniquity with a great respect for spirituality beauty and even philosophy ...you name it ...she can get an answer to all the intelligence anywhere...
her photo stream could be compared to museum Renaissance galleries
but don't be shy.. if you know her better you understand she plays by very democratic terms ...she has a big heart and shares her work with love and dedication to her audience ..she tries and has definitely a talent never to be repeated ... she inspired me with her sincerest and original touch..."
February 15th, 2006
"Toma su mano y dejate llevar a su misterioso planeta...Su mirada lo dice todo, su presencia impone desde el instante en que la conoces, pero lo más importante es su gran corazón lleno de humildad. Estamos ante las fotografías de una gran modelo, una gran artista, pero sobre todo una gran mujer, la mujer más misteriosa de flickr, la reyna: Carmen "Solea" González."
February 14th, 2006
"photographer ~ artistes ~ and ones own model ~ only begins to describe the makeup of this highly gifted artist
to be so talented as to excell in any one of these categories would be a lovely honor bestowed on anyone...
to be a master in all three...
can only be summed up in one word....
February 9th, 2006
miss cleopatra says:
Carmen is yin and yang, light and darkness, hope and despair, innocence and sophistication, love and anger.
Her fantastic photo's reveal an artistic soul, intelligence and an unique view on the world.
She gives herself, passionately, and yets maintains a circle of mystery around her.
Her photographs are often fairytales, and should never be viewed quickly. There is a story in each one of them.
February 3rd, 2006
"Solea's photos are some of the most beautiful anywhere. They evoke emotion and passion, art and rapture. The depth of her work can be seen in all of her photos. It is a true pleasure to experience her though her work. You will not be disappointed."
December 26th, 2005
She will enrapture you, like she has us all."
December 2nd, 2005
Dangerously addictive, and extremely Beautiful. May cause writing of love ballads, painting her portrait, and falling in love.
I've been trying to ween myself off of Carmen's photography for months now, but I just keep coming back. Her photos have a voice of their own and will beacon you with their raw emotion. Besides all this, she is a true professional and her technique is amazing. Let her photos seduce you."
November 25th, 2005
Tony Hassall says:
"For me, "Solea" is the undisputed Queen of Flickr. Her self-portraits achieve a higher state of beauty than even she can comprehend. Her techniques and vision are second to none. Her destiny lies in her lens. I just hope she remembers her flickr fans when she is top of the world. Hi Time magazine, Hi Pulitzer prize. The world is your photographic oyster Carmen."
November 24th, 2005
"Her existence itself is my spiritual inspiration.
She is also the lady(and the girl) with the most noble mind."
November 19th, 2005
"Flicke Icons change from time to time yet Carmen stays on top. Her sureal futurescapes are outstanding in a forum (Flickr) where they are abundant. Her personal introspection are sights to behold. In one word fantastic!"
November 11th, 2005
"Solea, you are truly unique in this universe. Combining talent, modesty and beauty of course, you come off as the Master Amateur. Every post seems to go through a process of care and dedication, no quick throw-ups, that’s what makes them even more special.
I love watching your work.
It was one year ago this month that I first saw your picture and a few days later till I first commented (had to work up the nerve), and every day ever since I came back to visit. I also had the pleasure of speaking with Carmen and OMG!!! You think her pics are something to be longed after...you have no idea.
Cheers to you Carmen my friend :*"
November 11th, 2005
Mr Pogi says:
"I just spent the last 4 hours browsing this girl's photostream, and I just feel like I wanna be 3 months in the future to be able to see more !
Everything here, from poses to colors, from moods to texts, is used to reveal the elegant but funny world of Carmen ! With reeeeeal talent
The more you hesitate checking it out, the more time you'll spend catching up ;-)"
October 24th, 2005
Tony Wu says:
she got sweet skills and awesome ideas!
October 5th, 2005
joey kennedy says:
"Carmen is a mysterious enigma of possibilities. To most, her work Stimulates their flesh. For she is sexy, and drop dead gorgeous. Her poses will you leave you speechless and aching...Aching for the touch of a beautiful woman!
But to a few of us, Carmen Stimulates Our Soul! Her images keep coming at you. Demanding reaction! And if your not careful, you'll fall in Love!
Definately one of the Most Brilliant Photographers of Flickr and in the world! Carmen was the first friend I made on flickr, how was i to know, she was a superstar?
September 26th, 2005
industrious throne says:
September 22nd, 2005
spectacular twist says:
"A masterpiece! That's my best description of her. Images of her she shows us are incredible and exciting. Eye candy for the soul! Her photography is true and real. It's a pleasure to browse her blog. To find such honesty in application is rare. An absolute favorite....forever!!!"
September 20th, 2005
functional distribution says:
"Carmen, Carmen, Carmen!!!
Carmen is a talented artistic photographer who is very skilful at capturing the colour, light, beauty and emotions of nature. Her self-portraits are legendary. Her work cannot be ignored; they provoke regular comments, debates and analysis. She is admired and appreciated by her legion of fans including me.
Speaking from first hand experience, although Carmen is busy and popular, she is not self-absorbed. She is good at sharing kind words and comments on other people’s work. For me Carmen, is a creative, imaginative, beautiful person and I regularly look out for her work"
September 19th, 2005
"She is amazing... and I am not only talking of her stunning art... I am talking of her personality... her dreams... and the way she follows them.."
September 16th, 2005
"Esta chica siempre me deja sin palabras. Sus fotos son espectaculares, reflejan una forma de ver la vida muy especial...
Carmen deja un toque personal allá donde va, pone cariño en todo lo que hace o dice y es una auténtica profesional. Me encanta visitar su página y deleitarme con sus maravillosas fotografías..."
August 18th, 2005
"Increible tratamiento de la luz, sin duda una página muy a tener en cuenta para ver fotografía purista de una altísima calidad."
August 12th, 2005
pink tank says:
"What hasn't been said about the beautiful carmen?..well,i guess everything...
Her work is simply BREATHTAKING!!!
She's tremendously talented..the way she plays with colors and lighting is amazing!
I must say that she's among FLICKR's finest photographers...I really admire her...
I'm so impressed by her work that sometimes i even forget to write a comment..Yeah seriously...haha...
You're an inspiration carmen."
July 28th, 2005
"In my opinion some of the best photographs on flickr are in Carmens' photostream. Her self portraits are breathtaking, her use of light is astounding and what she can do with nature will blow your mind. The Netherlands gave us Van Gogh, Vermeer and Rembrandt. Now.... Carmen!!!"
July 22nd, 2005
"I've thumbed through a lot of professional AND flickr photostreams and solea has definitely got it. From the winter shots to her own soft curves.. it's really spot on. Continue the great work!"
July 21st, 2005
craven development says:
"Excuse everybody but the flickr is nothing without Carmen.
Thanks Carmen for be my friend on Flickr.
One million of kiss fron Brazil or many more..."
July 13th, 2005
Voodoo Zebra says:
"solea's photo stream is one of the few i really look forward to seeing updates in every day. her photos have a certain seductive moodiness about them that i find irresistible. keep them coming solea, please keep them coming."
June 12th, 2005
Bakari Chavanu says:
"Solea, can I be your protegee for like just a weekend? Pleassssse. -:)"
May 27th, 2005
"Solea is a dedicated talented and hard working photographer. her photos are pure amazing behind the camera or infront of it, and i know she will be famous for her photos someday.she is also a supportive and dear friend that i do cherich."
May 15th, 2005
"In the world of flickr, the photos of Solea are like a drug. Carmen has a gift to entice with one photo, seduce with another, and inspire with the next. While her subject matter varies, all of her photos are creative and full of life.
I find myself looking forward to seeing what Carmen will share next, and it's no coincidence that many of her photos can be found in my favorites. I encourage others to view her sets, as they are a joy to view time and again. One warning when viewing her photos; they're addictive.
*Thank you Carmen for making flickr so very special."
May 7th, 2005
nils ♫ says:
"Beautiful girl, and an endless inspiration!"
May 2nd, 2005
"Solea and I go way back. I remember it was the summer of 1982 and she and I were just little ones back then living on the island of Puka Puka. We spent our days dreaming of starting a business together catering towards the grooming of llamas. We would concoct new magical recipes for yogurt and then dress badgers and other rodents in 80’s new wave costumes so that we could shoot them in highly choreographed music videos set to the music of “Girls On Film’ by Duran Duran. Later in the 80’s we started a metal band called “Dark Sasquatch” and went on tour with the band the “Scorpions.”… We were huge in Paraguay and Missouri. You should hear Solea rip it on the bass…hold onto your mind!
In all seriousness folks, Solea is an artist. I can’t stress enough that everyone should take the time to look at her work. She has this remarkable ability to remind us of the beautiful/ universal truths of being human and what it means to be a participant of nature. I have always felt that the best artists make the best storytellers and that is exactly how I dub Solea."
May 1st, 2005
"An artist of breathtaking vision."
April 24th, 2005
" The camera can push the new medium to its limits – and beyond. It is there – in the “beyond” – that the imaginative photographer will compete with the imaginative painter. Painting must return to the natural world from time to time for renewal of the artistic vision. The key sector of renewal of vision today is the new vistas revealed by science. Here photography, which is not only art but science also, stands on the firmest ground.."
April 23rd, 2005
"it seems rare to find someone who takes breathtakingly exquisite self-portraits AND can also train their camera on the outside world and find equal beauty and mystery. Carmen has both down in spades. wow."
April 14th, 2005
"well what else should i say to my friend...like ayeona she's one i can consider a very thoughtfull and kind friend here...i love her works,i love the way she pose for a mood and bring it on,i think shes quite a clever person but never the less i find her very beautifull......."
April 9th, 2005
actually price says:
March 31st, 2005
Roger L. Sizemore says:
"After two months on flickr, it's time to give credit where it is due. Solea/Carmen is a powerful organizing principle in human form. Without her, flickr might still exist, but it would be a far less enchanting place.
She is a great lady, a fine artist and a very decent human being. Thanks for your support in my first days here in a new world, and I look forward to seeing your images in all the days to come."
March 24th, 2005
"carmen has a wonderful sensual aura about her images.she has the most amazing eye and love her view of the world."
March 11th, 2005
" solea is truly a flickr superstar.. she exemplifies the quality of artists and art to be found on our interconnected little magic computer screens.
solea's work is always gorgeous, - gorgeous in shock, in terror, in sensuality, in pure beauty, in artfulness, in craft, in emotion, in style, in color, in greys, in everything. It's an honor and a treat to have a stunning new image of hers come on my contacts page.. and i always rush to it."
February 11th, 2005
"Carmen is a Flickr superstar – no doubt about that. Take a look at any Solea shot and you’ll have to wade through the crowds of comments from her legions of admiring punters to get a glimpse of the latest masterpiece. This woman provides a free lesson in light as far as I’m concerned. I have learned so much so quickly from Carmen’s moody black & whites and wonderfully-lit portraits. Her images have not so much crawled under my skin as aggressively squatted in my frontal lobes. There are a select few on Flickr who have the power to do this – haunt you with their images long after you’ve seen them, but she’s one. There is no doubt in my mind that my own photos (those of a more sober nature, at least :) have improved since I’ve been exposed to hers, even over such a short period of time. The fact that Carmen takes great pains to positively comment on other people’s work and acknowledge those leaving her feedback is a indication of her adorable nature. I’m smitten, I admit. Two of her photographs I am impelled to mention specifically: her “Yo, io, eu etc.” portrait, which is easily one of my absolute Flickr favourites, and “On My Way”, a simple, but oh-so-effective landscape that I could sit and stare at for far too long. I’m going to stop now before I fawn myself into a hole..."
January 31st, 2005
"Carmen is such a beautiful woman - not just in the way she looks, which is of course lovely, but in the way she expresses herself and captures the light that radiates from a person's very being. She is a sweet young woman, and we are made all the happier by sharing in her warmth. Beautiful work."
January 13th, 2005
lively pen says:
"Carmen/Solea is one of the photographers I'm adoring for their work. I met her in the Fotolog and gave some comments to her appealing pictures. But after we moved in Flickr, I determined her versatility. Particularly the "blue series" and "infrared series" are celestially good. Carmen is not only a very good-looking woman, but behind it hides itself a personality, whom I estimate much. she is very sensitive, gratefully and greathearted with a large tolerance to others, whereby we determined a large agreement. I am glad to be allowed to call it a friend."
January 8th, 2005
"Solea, like Tato, Fubuki, and other strangers I have encountered recently on Flickr, are the reasons why Flickr is so powerful. Is it about voyeurism, egoism, picturism, or about the power of the internet to connect us, demonstrating the power of the many, our uniqueness, our awkwardness, our beauty, our ugliness --
A Tremendous kaleidoscope of Life!
Solea seems to be a beautiful charming woman. More than her pictures meet the Why. There is a mystery somewhere in those eyes."
December 21st, 2004
green pencil says:
"Among others too, Carmen is a warm caring person I will keep to remember not only of the beautiful photos she made. Most I consider her a very dearest friend- my first flog visitor, the first beautiful flog I ever visited in fotolog, the first friend I had in flog... and she remain. Her photos are full of beauty... the best of her and the true of her. I always feel happy and grateful finding a friend like her..."
December 11th, 2004
"I like the photograph which solea took.
The photograph which she took is beautiful and powerful.
I also like the lonesomeness and transiency which are hidden in it."
December 4th, 2004
"Solea is the beautiful young lady who introduced me to Flickr. She has some wonderful pictures in her gallery."
December 1st, 2004
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