PHOTOGRAPHY: Circus – David Rodríguez

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A word from the artist – David Rodríguez

I was born and raised on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands). After finishing my psychology studies on the islands, I decided to continue my life in a bigger city so I moved to Valencia (Spain) in 2013 in the mainland. It was there where, after taking some photography courses, I decided to devote myself to photography.
Since 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 up the camera, I feel that I have no pressure on me, I feel free to express myself and that comforts me.

My main influences are Guy Bourdin, Wille Christie, Man Ray and Joe Gaffney. 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.

My last project has the title “Circus” (2020) and is a collection of sensual and surreal photos inspired by the work of Guy Bourdin.

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About “Circus” (2020)

The characters in Circus are trapped in their own love affair and pose to the camera with elegance and self-confidence amongst natural surroundings. They offer fresh and vivid representations – it feels like you can almost breathe in the sexual tension between the protagonists. The man is represented as a beau who courts a lady with a beautiful and voluptuous body – she is the daring cause of his inspiration.

There’s a certain sort of artifice in my work and the way I use light and scenes because my lighting creates a kind of a dreamscape.

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David Rodríguez is a photographer based in Spain. From an early age, he has always been attracted to the art world and he loves both 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 which 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 the inspiration for his first works.

Photography is not yet his main occupation. This story began in 2013 when a friend told him to present his works to an exhibition call. He decided to make a series inspired by the sea. A few weeks later, they answered him; they had accepted his proposal and he exhibited a series of six photographs in a Gallery of Tenerife (Canary Islands). From that moment onwards, he began to take it a little more seriously. He had also always been attracted to the world of fashion. Within a few years, he started collaborating with some fashion designers doing editorials.

His work is mysterious, hypnotic and surreal. Sometimes he tries to expose the true and unnerving nature of desire. It’s like the carefully staged narrative of sexual fantasy, the quest for the unattainable and the suggestion of danger.

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