Roberto Rubalcava is one of those photographers we have been stalking for ages. To celebrate the fact that we were able to publish his work in our very first issue of Sunday Mornings at the River zine, we had a little chat with the poet himself in his London studio.
Could you tell us a little bit about your background? Who are you, what makes you tick?
I was born in Mexico. When I discovered photography on a serious basis I moved to New York city to learn more about photography, by assisting some of the best photographers in the field. After a couple of years, I went back to Mexico to visit my family and I had the great fortune to fall in love with my wife Beate, so my plans changed and I did not return to New York but moved to London instead. This is where I’m currently based.
What drew you to photography as a medium and why is it important to you?
I started taking photos during my travels and somehow managed to sell my first photographs to an airline magazine called ‘Aeromexico.’ They were so pleased with my work that they started booking me on a regular basis. So I kept travelling (funding my own travels) and selling pictures until I got my first paid photography assignment. Since then things started rolling and I became a professional photographer.
Could you describe your photographic style? What makes a Roberto Rubalcava photograph?
The reoccurring thing in my photos is love I guess. My work is drifting somewhere in between fiction and reality, it’s always a bit dreamy and mysterious.
Could you tell us a little bit about your recent work and the book you are about to print with Sunday Mornings at the River?
This book is very different to the work I have created in the past. I challenged myself to explore my dark side. The book is called ‘Into the Darkness’ and is a journey into the unknown. I wanted to venture myself into the void of nothingness. I wanted to be surrounded by darkness and see how brave I could be when it came to discovering my fears, my dreams, the things that lay beyond my subconscious. It was like destiny was catching up with me, and I wanted to get around it, but you know you have to face it in the end so I took the jump in the end. I learned a lot working on this project, but I am happy that it’s finished. It is time to move back to the brighter side of life.
Where do you find inspiration?
Inspiration comes from everywhere. I don’t have only a single source of inspiration. I guess you just have to be ready to reach out and grab it when it comes along. It comes from everywhere I look and I try to really ‘see’ all my surroundings. I listen to the people I love.
Have you ever thought about giving up photography and why?
What’s the best advice you ever heard as a photographer?
Never give up ;)
Is there anything else you’d like to spit out?
I hope you all enjoy the publication.
You can buy Roberto’s publication ‘A Story to Share‘ in our shop.
e: info at robertorubalcava.com