Photography can be a great way of telling stories and looking at things differently. David Rodríguez is one of such photographers who like turn ordinary moments and scenes into exquisiteness through their photography.
A Cruise Through David Rodríguez’s World of Photography
“My name is David Rodríguez. I am a psychologist and I am from Spain. From an early age, I have always been attracted to the art world, but my love for photography didn´t start until 2013, the year I bought my first reflex camera, and I began to explore my attraction to art.
Shortly afterward, I began to train myself through several courses, and also in a self-taught way. While I was studying, I discovered new photographers.
One day, I discovered Guy Bourdin and a photo that fascinated me enormously. In the picture, there was a girl under the water with her eyes and mouth open. I was enthralled with this image instantly, and this is how I came up with the idea for the “Fresh” series. Then, I did the shooting taking advantage of a summer day in which the sun was at its peak.”
Inspiration and Perception
“Every person inspires me a different sensation, so before I do the shooting, I imagine how I would like to portray him or her. Then, I create a concept and imagine a story. I do not like to get attached to reality. Instead, I like to transform it, challenging the model with unusual situations. I play with the model, making each session a culture encounter, but also an enriching and surprising experience for both of us. The use of the photography techniques I use, whether high speed, long exposure or others, is determined by the conceptual preconception I had in mind.
As unique human beings that we are, I think that each one has a unique way of perceiving reality.
When I take a picture I just want to show my own point of view. Show how I interpret what I see and how it is perceived through my eyes. It’s my way of doing all my work.”
Water is an important subject in David Rodríguez’s photography, and so are people.
“I like to photograph people, I feel very comfortable doing portraits, but I always try to go a little further. That is the reason why I try to look for risky compositions, with a touch of surrealism. Works like those of Man Ray, Erwin Blumenfeld or Guy Bourdin inspire me immensely.”
“I may sound selfish, but I have a need for the photos I do,” says David Rodríguez, “First, I believe in my works, so when I think I got something good, the feeling of sharing it with everyone else invades me. I like to transmit emotions with my art and to observe how spectators conceive it. A photograph, like a movie, or a novel has to convey some meaning, and that is why I seek to transmit emotions.”
“Water has always been a source of inspiration for me. Series like “Fresh” (2016) and “Fresh II” (2017) or “Pool” (2107) are clear examples of this influence. It is possible that because of living on an island, it has always been a very common element in my life.
The “Fresh” series allowed me to exhibit my work for the first time and check if my work liked the public. The reception of my work was better than I expected. This fact helped me to continue taking pictures.
I think I have evolved a lot artistically in the last year, partly because of the good reception of the “Fresh” series. It was definitely a turning point. This is what led me to do the photo series “Fresh II”.
For this series, I wanted to explore the relationship between human and water as we are made of it too. There´s a material and the spiritual relation between us and this element.
It is fascinating to observe this relationship, to see how they move, what they do, what they may be thinking or feeling.”