Denise Vasquez is a Puerto Rican, Disabled Photographer, Writer and Artist born and raised in New York City. Denise left home at the age of seventeen and has been traveling the world since. Having lived in Scotland, London, The USVI and California, her experiences have led her to share her journey through writing, music, art & photography.
Her photography has been published in National Geographic Yourshot, Canon Photo Plus magazine, About Town Magazine Covers, Dreamy Magazine, Malvie Magazine, examiner.com, Redbubble, Fine Art America; her art has been published by IMPACT Books, Her Universe, Hot Topic, Disney, Topps Trading Cards, DK Publishing, The Art Hustle Trading Cards, Cryptozoic Entertainment, Breygent Marketing; her music has earned her awards, nominations and is published on iTunes, apple music, spotify, amazon music; and her writing has also been published by IMPACT Books, Canon Photo Plus Magazine, examiner.com, Social Butterfly Music (ASCAP), as well as in The Disabled Photographer Project Blog.
Her photography has been exhibited by the Southwest Environmental Center (Las Cruces, NM), Cleanwave Movement Non-profit Organization (cleanwave.org), San Diego Fair Exhibition Of Photography (San Diego, CA), Museum Of Ventura County Smith Pavillion (Ventura, CA), La Bodega Art Gallery (San Diego, CA), and more.
Referred to by the media as being a "Modern Day Renaissance Woman", Denise's resume also includes being a SAG-AFTRA actress, stand up comedian, dancer, model, host, creator & producer of: WO+MEN 4 APPLAUSE comedy & music variety shows (Hollywood, CA), WO+MEN 4 A CAUSE events (Los Angeles & Arizona), and Ladies Night Music Festivals (US Virgin Islands).
Working in the entertainment industry both in front of & behind the camera for over 30 years, has given Denise opportunities to living in different parts of the world, which led to her discovering a life filled with colorful landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, and night skies.
Over the years Denise has communicated her observations & colorful moments through her writing, music, art & photography. Many years ago, Denise wrote a song called "Crayons" where she sings "We are an experiment, can we live together, grow together, as one race, the human race? We are crayons in the box, different colors, but all made the same, for one purpose, to color the picture.”
Denise Vasquez is currently based in San Diego, California.
Living in a fast paced capitalist society where corporations, magazines, TV, films, social media, and apps are constantly changing the way the world should appear, in order to sell products, that will supposedly make everything better, is quite challenging.
Everywhere I look, there are beautifying apps, filters, fillers, replacement tools, masks and commercials selling the perfect life if you buy now.
I am concerned that people are quickly being programmed to accept what is supposedly better, and have become too complacent in their daily lives. The way we can begin to make the world a better place is by being aware, being in the now, and taking positive steps in the direction towards a world that is equally accessible to everyone.
I created “The Disabled Photographer Project” to bring awareness of what it’s like being a professional traveling photographer, writer and artist living with a disability. Having access to the outdoors is a fundamental right, and I know too well, having a lifetime of fighting for equal rights as a woman of Puerto Rican descent, how it feels to constantly have to deal with discrimination because of who I am. My purpose in writing blogs and making Youtube videos for my “How Accessible Is Accessible” series, is to demonstrate what is really accessible and what isn’t, what changes need to be made by sharing how things are, in hopes of bringing awareness to what can be improved! Having access to the outdoors is important to me because nature is healing and being outdoors makes me happy. We are all human beings, and we all have the right to have equal accessibility to nature and the outdoors, whether it’s to connect, to heal, to create or to be happy.
My mission with my work is to also inspire others to slow down long enough to see what we do have: a beautiful world, that is waiting to be explored, wanting to be protected, and hoping to be accessible to all.