David Rodríguez is a photographer based in Spain. From an early age, he has always been attracted to the art world. He loves surreal and fashion photography. His main influences are Guy Bourdin, Wille Christie, Man Ray and Joe Gaffney. One day he discovered a photo of Guy Bourdin that fascinated him enormously. In the picture, there was a girl under the water with her eyes and mouth open. David was enthralled with this image instantly, and used it as inspiration for the his first works.
Moevir Magazine March Issue 2020 featured edition
Male Model: Miguel García @mineggp
Female Model: Virginia Díaz @keyvirken
Photographer: David Rodriguez @davidofficialclub
Tell us something about you. Maybe your life, profession, habit, dream.
I was born and raised in the island of La Palma (Canary Islands). After finishing my psychology studies in the islands, I decided to continue my life in a bigger city, that is why in 2003 I moved to Valencia, in the mainland. It was there where after taking some photography courses, I decided to devote myself to this.
After returning back to the islands, my main occupation has been working as a psychologist. Although I like my profession, since I was a child I have always felt that there was something within me that needed to be expressed, and that psychology hasn’t helped me to release. Thanks to photography, I have been able to cover this gap, and now, I am at a point in my life where I feel complete. When I take the camera, I feel that I have no pressure, I feel free to express myself and that comforts me.
What makes you choose this profession?
I never thought to devote myself to photography until 2003. In fact, photography is not yet my main occupation. This story began in the year 2003 when a friend of mine told me to present my works to an exhibition call. I decided to make a series inspired by the sea. A few weeks later, they answered me, they had accepted my proposal and I exhibited a series of six photographs in a Gallery of Tenerife (Canary Islands).
From that moment I began to take a little more seriously taking photos and, although I began being inspired by the most surrealist photography, I also had always been attracted to the world of fashion. Within a few years, I started collaborating with some fashion designers doing editorials.
Could you share how do you expand your vision of art, fashion?
Art has always been present throughout my life. Before devoting myself to photography, I had composed some music and had also begun to write a novel. But since I bought my first camera, it was clear that what I wanted to do was taking pictures and decided to focus on this.
Photography makes me feel fulfilled. Until that moment I felt that I was missing something to do, a gap to fill and fortunately, photography has completed me as a person.
In your daily routine, what resources you like to learn new things about art, fashion?
I really like reading, especially researching old photography techniques or resources. Biographies about photographers can also be exciting. Furthermore, I spend most of the time in my training, I consider myself mostly self-taught and definitely experimental. I also spend a lot of time looking for inspiration through photography or other artistic expressions such as painting, music or cinema.
Is art, fashion important in your life? Why?
Right now, art is something very important in my life. I think we are all surrounded by art in one way or another. You just have to feel like discovering it and surrender to it.
If you have a superpower or talent, which one do you wish to have? Why?
If I had a superpower I would choose the gift of being able to create timeless works that were capable of lasting over time and generations.
Do you have any problem on the way of your profession? How did you solve it?
When living in a small place, it is sometimes very difficult to find models or find collaborators for my sessions. In this sense you have to be very persevering and not be discouraged by these obstacles. I am one of those people who think that with constancy and effort we can achieve great things.
Who are the people impact most in your profession? What do you learn from them?
Possibly other photographers, although it is not always this way. Also painters, musicians, film directors, etc. do it but to a lesser extent. From other photographers, I learn techniques, points of view and lighting schemes. In general I take advantages of all the resources that I may need to create my own body of work.
How do you think about your work? Is it what you like, or simply saying a dream?
Luckily I am at a point where I can say that I am doing what I really want to do, both in composition and creatively. It took me a few years to realize what kind of photography I wanted to take, and what path I wanted to follow, but fortunately right now I can say that I think I am going in the right direction.
In modern society, lots of people want to be famous, influential. How do you think about it?
We are living in a crazy period of time. There is too much information and sometimes I th