Luis Alberto Rodriguez
The American Vintage Photography Award winner (Festival of Hyères)
American Vintage created the Prix de la Photographie American Vintage during Hyeres festival. Why did you want to be a part of it ? ?
After attending a portfolio review in Berlin, It was recommended to me that I apply for the festival. Before then I wasn't aware of the festival. The American Vintage Award was a commission given to the participants after being selected as a finalist.
Do you recognize yourself in the brand ?
I'm not sure I personally recognise myself in the brand. But that isn't so important because it is not me who's being photographed. In the photo submitted I tried my best to capture the spirit of- American. Vintage.
When and how did you start photography ?
After 15 years as a professional dancer I was searching for other ways to put to use my creative inclinations. I was always using the camera and so was encouraged by friends I really trust to pursue photography.. I started taking photos of people on the street and got great feedback. I did it for the love of finding interesting people. I then photographed friends and became obsessed. One thing lead to the next.
What a person should do to interest you ?
Be honest and comfortable in themselves.
What do you like in this medium ?
The impossibility of freezing time but the attempt to do so. I also think it can be an ultimate truth captured and a blatant lie all at once.
How will your work evolve in future ?
I hope my work is always evolving. My desire for the future is to continue to be inspired.
What do you want to convey?
A kinetic connection.
"The impossibility of freezing time but the attempt to do so. I also think it can be an ultimate truth captured and a blatant lie all at once."
Why are you interested in dancing ?
How could one not be?
Have you had weird proposition ?
Not yet, But I'm open. It keeps life interesting.
Do you have idols ?
I have people who inspire me. But idols are dangerous.
Are you always with a handheld camera ? Or it’s very calculated ?
I try to use the camera as a tool to shape an idea. So whatever i need to do to get the shot I want, i do. No matter how much you plan the most important thing is to stay present in the moment.
What importance do you attach to technical skills ?
I'm not a technical photographer by any means. However, I think technique is important. It's the information needed to achieve getting to the next step. Once you get your foundation a whole new world opens up and you have freedom of choice. If you have no foundation you have nothing to break and free yourself from. At the end of the day information is information.
Are you more interested in fashion photography or report ?
I'm interested in Photography
Can we survive today without doing commercials ?
I would prefer not to demonise commercials as it is a way to make a living for many people.
Do you believe there are too many photographers ?
I think we are bombarded with way too much information and images these days and we are actively training ourselves to be lazy by having everything at our fingertips.
what’s next ?
Photo : Luis Alberto Rodriguez
Portrait : Emile Kirsch
Portrait : Emile Kirsch