Santana Bellas is a Bay Area artist whose work has brought a feverish kind of life to our site. Our creative senses are lit on fire when an editorial comes in, a project we devour and then try to find the words for. And words are not always easy for work that already speaks so clearly for itself. One of this year’s favorites, Savina In The City, captures the temperature I speak of.
With a thoughtful and comprehensive body of work, his images and projects are neither canned nor expected. His subjects and landscapes are as true as they are stunning, with an appreciation for the way we really are and who we really are. We’re obsessed with the sharp colors left out to sun bleach, the quick glimpse of taillights, the men and women who saunter into his frame. It’s work like this that makes us excited to come back and do it all over again next year.