BY DAVID RODRIGUEZ
There comes a time in the life of every person when overwhelm arrives, accompanied by a feeling of imprisonment and a desire for liberation. In most cases, when that inner problem and dissatisfaction with oneself or with the life that one has, there are many escape routes that are applied.
“Escape” (2021) is about it, about the idea of liberation.
In this collection of black and white images,, the human figure is explored in a very idealized way, where contours and shadows have a special role. It emphasizes ate management of natural light.
This body of work is based on the use of clean and simple lines combined with strong forms, resulting in an easy-to-read graphic that one gets to feel instantly.
David Rodríguez was born and raised on the island of La Palma. To many people, this may sound exotic, but to him, it has always been "normal." Although he admits that living surrounded by water can be unique, determines how to think, act, and create.
After studying for a degree in Psychology at the University of La Laguna (Tenerife), he went to Valencia where he lived and worked for 10 years. It was there that he discovered the world of photography. Although he had always been attracted to the art world in general, it was not until 2013 when he began to train in this artistic discipline.
Meticulous to the point of exhaustion, David Rodríguez does not like improvisation or leaving anything to chance. “I plan each of my sessions thoroughly, down to the last detail. I start my creative process from an idea, which can be a concept, the stanza of a song, the sequence of a movie or a photograph that I have seen. This initial idea matures until it takes shape ”.
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 his first works.
Currently, he combines his work as a psychologist with photography.
Photographer: David Rodríguez
Makeup Artist and Hairstylist: Lady L
Location: Isla de La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain)