Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruben Zamora.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
A little over three years ago, I found myself awake early, way too early, one fateful spring morning. My mood was unpleasant and irritable, a permanent scowl sprawled across my face. As I arrived at my workplace, behold, in the distance I saw a sight. The grimace melted right off my face and was replaced by a look of pure wonder and intense disbelief. On the horizon arose the most glorious sunrise to ever grace my mortal eyes. Such an astonishing explosion of color and such a varied display of forms, only J.M.W.
Turner himself could have painted this sky. I can only compare what I felt to what the three wise men must have felt upon seeing that star: purpose, life, and light. I pulled out my phone and snapped a quick pic, and my life was to never be the same. I spent the following summer taking pictures of the sky with my phone, slowly moving to other subjects, mainly plants and random objects. I purchased my first DSLR on Black Friday, and continued honing my craft. I did not feel comfortable taking photographs of people until I took a photography class the following spring. Since then, I’ve only photographed people, as they are the most beautiful and expressive subject.
My overarching goal with photography is to create the perfect photograph. In the past three years that I’ve been on this journey, I’ve learned how to use various pieces of software, developed photographic skills, and continue to explore themes and concepts, adding more meaning, complexity, and artistry to my photography, all in my quest to discover what makes a perfect photograph and maybe even take it.
Please tell us about your art.
I write with light. My overarching goal is to answer something I’ve always wondered: what makes a good photograph? I’ve taught myself Photoshop and Lightroom, adding tools to aid me in crafting good photographs. I utilize different techniques, all to serve that goal. The themes I see in my work are isolation, melancholy, fear, and the unknown, though the last two are often interchangeable. My editing style is very unique, as I mostly utilize the color blue to evoke these feelings. I shoot with models that can give me a haunting and longing look. Other times, I use surreal elements to illustrate these themes. Most of my photographs feature just one model, often engulfed in dramatic light of some sort, set apart from her surroundings. Location is very important to my photography and I tend to shoot in places with unique features, even if they are not the focus of the photograph. I look to art history, particularly Baroque and Romantic paintings, for inspiration.
I have also recently started using a scanner to scan people’s faces. These are called scanographs and are a relatively unexplored medium. They scan objects and people with a very shallow depth of field and create highly detailed and emotive portraits. They challenge me creatively, as it is impractical to move the scanner, limiting what I can capture. I enjoy the same freedom when editing as I would regular photography, and it is through the editing process that I explore the effects of color to set moods, linking this medium with my more traditional photography.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
I define success as follows: enjoy what you do and do it well. The main quality that I feel is essential for success is what I refer to as an openness to the interruption. I keep an open mind regarding everything and never look at anything with contempt. I can learn from everyone and be inspired by everything. I try to never get so caught up in my life that I ignore the things and people around me. Some of my photos were inspired by objects on the side of the road or a song lyric I overheard in a crowded cafe. Keeping a quite literal open mind, letting your surroundings speak, and listening to them, is essential to success.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have an Instagram and Ello: @litewriter_ People can support my work by showing it to others. Art is meant to be shared, after all.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/litewriter_/
- Other: https://ello.co/litewriter_