Je Suis Julia Ramos

**Occupation: I own Blackmamba, a clothing brand in Argentina with my partner and designer Bianca Siconolfi. I'm in charge of the financial and administrative area. As well, I studied professional photography. I've always done artistic photography, but now I started doing it for Blackmamba too. So I'm currently exploring fashion photography, while also continuing my artistic series.

Instagram: @juliaaaramos @beblackmamba

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Where were you born? I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and have always lived and worked here. I'm 26 years old. After graduating as a photographer, in 2012 I opened a photography exclusive gallery (Holbox Photo Gallery). Blackmamba opened the same year. I continued the gallery until 2014, it turned out I didn't have enough time to properly take care of two businesses. So I decided to dedicate my entire working time to Blackmamba, which was growing at a fast pace and needed more of my time. I chose to pursue photography as a hobby and a personal passion, instead of as a job.

In one sentence what is unique about your work? It reflects entirely what I am as a person and what I love about being alive.

Why do you do what you do? I realized I have a creative side that needs to be taken care of. I can't shut it out. It’s too strong to be ignored. I've approached this side in different ways since I was very young. I've painted, drawn, tried to sing, tried to play guitar... and eventually explored photography and realized that its the one art form that makes me happiest. There are periods of time where I work too much and don't have enough time for myself and don't do anything photography-related. It turns out those periods are the unhappiest ones and when eventually I'm able to explore a new photo project, or continue an old one, I feel sane again.

What inspires you? Music, skiing, traveling, eating, reading.

Describe your personal style I'm a big metal and rock&roll fan, and my personal style has been influenced by that since I started listening to that music when I was 13 years old. So, I wear lots of black, I'm pale, and love metal t-shirts, leather and silver jewelry. Since I started with Blackmamba, my style has been heavily influenced by the collections Bianca creates. Everyday I wear at least one Blackmamba item. I seriously like the clothes we make. Also I wear lots of Rick Owens and Alexander Wang.

Your ultimate must-have: Rings, lots of silver rings.

What superpower would you have and why? Supersonic memory. I like to know things and treasure knowledge.

What is next for you? Blackmamba is growing steadily and strongly. Later this year we will open a store in a shopping mall for the first time. Also we recently launched our online shop. I want the brand to be international. As for photography, I decided I'm not interested in selling my work, being in a gallery, or anything that has to do with the commercial side of it. If someone wants to buy it, great, but I'm not after that. It simply makes me happy and wish to continue doing it all my life. I've been working on the same series for years now and try to continue improving them, while also exploring new subjects.