We had the good fortune of connecting with Rick Saavedra and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rick, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe that If you want to achieve something in life, the first thing you need is to truly love what you do, and fully surrender to it. To be successful in life, you must mix several ingredients – for me, the main ones would be: creativity, passion, perseverance and dedication. These elements seem to balance each other well, the spontaneity of creativity and passion grounded in dedicated perseverance has been an effective way for me to develop my craft. Also, I always have my camera with me and am ready to capture moments as they reveal themselves each day. I love photography, and am also a passionate filmmaker. I enjoy creating stories, music videos, capturing nature and playing with emotions in my films.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My love and long history with the visual arts embodied me with a hunger for the beauty of life. Prior to being a professional photographer, I was a travel agent for 12 years, which granted me the opportunity to travel all around the world. That inspired me to capture the places and the movements of things, which over time I combined with my passion for the dance world. These two elements seeded my love for photography and filmmaking. Through my photos and videos I seek to express feelings and emotions and follow a path in which everything is fine, there are no rules or limitations, there are no right or wrong methods, because simply – art is art. It wasn’t easy to reach the level I have now with my craft. My best friend and my older brother encouraged me to pursue this profession, they taught me some techniques which I began to develop with practice and self study, When I left my country Venezuela, I had to sell my camera for travel expenses. My first stop was Mexico, where I began filming weddings and doing portrait photography with a borrowed camera until finally I saved enough money to buy myself a new camera. At that moment, I knew that nothing would stop me. With time, I have learned that when it comes to doing what you really love, there are no limitations that can prevent you from reaching the next level. Everything can be achieved with a lot of practice and of course by using your creativity to create your own style. What I can say to the world and especially to the new generations of artists is to never stop dreaming big, always try to find new perspectives, and above all learn to work with the tools you have, because the camera does not make the photographer. And in terms of my artistry as a photographer, before I click the shutter on a landscape scene or a subject, I look for special, unique elements in order to capture the magic of the moment in time. It could be the light projecting on a scene or the look in someone’s eyes. It might be a special time of day or time of year. It could be also the combination of a particular situation with a lens choice.
Soon I will be opening an online store with my art work where you can buy different types of prints to decorate your homes, meanwhile you can write to my email or social networks.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would definitely start our adventure with acai bowls and shrimp chilaquiles for breakfast at Sea180 Coastal Tavern in Imperial Beach. You can eat on the terrace there and enjoy a nice view of the pier and the beach. After breakfast I would take them on a bike ride down Silver Strand, all the way to Coronado. From there, we would take the ferry to downtown SD to check out the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy to enjoy the city and have a dessert. Then I would take them to The Brigantine Restaurant at The N. Harbor to taste delicious seafood and enjoy the view of San Diego Bay. After lunch I would take them back to my town (Imperial Beach) to enjoy the sunset and take a rest. I would then take them to Mike Hess Brewery to taste some California craft beers and eat some delicious City Tacos.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A few years ago, I went to Aaron Chang Photography Art Gallery and I felt a strong connection with his work. I was taken by his landscape photographs and his composition, So I said to myself that I want to capture the beauty of California, but at the same time create my own style and combine my favorite styles, which are portrait and landscape. Much of my work exhibits very moody and colorful characteristics due to more solemn lighting techniques, even when photographing models. I also enjoy working with unique natural light and playing with the contrast and shadows, to tell a story and express my feelings in my images.
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