We had the good fortune of connecting with Rodin Eckenroth and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rodin, how do you think about risk?
In my career, I have engaged in calculated risk. Laying the foundation of education by pursuing a BA in photography while working in the processing industry learning just how different film types are used, digital applications such as the Adobe suite and doing restorations, in addition to full custom framing. Working in a rental house/photography studio/gallery was the finishing school of applied knowledge and how to be adaptable through every circumstance. My photographic eye with the base knowledge & experience gave me the fundamental confidence to risk everything & pull up roots to move to Los Angeles. It provided the support needed when my Mac was stolen within a week after my arrival and I had to find a quick job in photographic retail. Risking everything again to become an unpaid assistant to a high profile photographer to expand my connections. It has since paid off & I am in a more stable place in my career working for Getty Images among others. Having that foundation has also opened unlooked-for doors through referrals and connections. I am able to seamlessly move within and between wildly different projects and clients remember that. The pandemic this last year has thrown much uncertainty in the air, and risk seems to be the new normal ~ what gigs to shoot in terms of personal safety from the virus, focusing on different photographic fields, geographic availability, increase in what to charge for services, whether to get a PPP loan or not, etc. People have taken much larger risks with less and have succeeded. There truly is no right answer; just what’s right for you.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As far as my art, I am most proud of the approach I take photographically. It is one of empathy and the need to show the subject within their own truth. This can be from the art direction of a studio or lifestyle shoot to photojournalism at an event. It is something that allows the dignity and humanity to shine through. This approach permeates across fields. I also proud of my work ethic and willingness to successfully see projects through. I will work above and beyond to make the client happy. This is also a double edged sword in that I must be aware of self and what a job is worth.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If we are talking pre or post-pandemic, I would have them check out live shows at small venues. There are a number of awesome little places with world class entertainment. I would have them go to Shepard Fairey’s Studio Once, shop along Melrose, and play in the Arts District. We would drive up to Manhattan Beach for the rock formations or have happy hour in Venice or Grand Central Market. In addition, hiking in Griffith up to the Observatory, perusing the countless museums and galleries including LACMA/La Brea Tar Pits, Hammer, MOCA, Natural History Museum, etc. Maybe also take them to a film premiere.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My amazing mentor, Mario Tama. He helps me become a better photographer & human. Jemal Countess for his constant support and encouragement. Michael Bezjian, because, without him, I wouldn’t be in the position I am today. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to these three gentlemen.
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Rodin Eckenroth with Getty Entertainment