Laura Aguilar was a self-taught photographer. She was also dyslexic, queer, Chicana, and a gal in a large body. Her grandmother was a rock collector who exposed Laura to the great rock formations that would influence Laura’s art. Commissioned for a mental health conference, Laura created a photo-journal “Latina Lesbians,” to demonstrate warmth, friendship and jabs at the typical assumptions made about this community. Her self portraits are poignant, witty challenges to our cultural identies and stereotypical ideas of beauty. She poked our psyches and our prejudices. Laura Aquilar’s art has given us all another shot in the arm at how we look at art.