August, the last 2021 summer month and a fresh, hot, lunar editorial are ready to amaze your imagination and boost your senses – “Flash” by Spanish photographer David Rodríguez.
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.
“Flash” (2021) shows us a collection of sensual and surreal photos. There’s a kind of drama about Rodríguez´s work and sexuality about his images.
In this series about provocation, surrealism is meant to amuse as much as intrigue, to divert as much as a shock, to make us question our reactions. The modelo pose to the camera with elegance and self-confidence in a nature context from the Canary Island of La Palma, land of volcanoes that contrasts with the color of their dresses
They seemed like happy victims of his camera, except when they were presented as actual victims with their very strong makeup and especially vivid lipstick. Their appearance is often a pastiche of normal fashionability. They frequently look like perfectly painted toys.
There is an unexpected juxtaposition of sophistication and utilitarianism but it is also meant to encourage us to question our preconceptions and ask why a woman should not behave as this one is doing.
Photographer: DAVID RODRÍGUEZ @davidofficialclub Makeup Artist: NAZARET RODRÍGUEZ @nanoah4 Hairstylist: NAZARET RODRÍGUEZ @nanoah4 Models: PATRICIA BOTRÁN @patricia_botran NOELIA GONZALEZ @noeeliaglez14 (Agency of Noelia Gonzalez SHŌ MODEL MANAGEMENT @shomodelmanagement) Dresses design by NAZARET RODRÍGUEZ @nanoah4 “Flash” Collection Earring design by DAVID RODRÍGUEZ @davidofficialclub “Flash” Collection Headpieces design by NAZARET RODRÍGUEZ @nanoah4 Brushes and makeup courtesy of OMI @omidetalles Article edit: Fashion Magazine 24 @fashionmagazine24