MAGAZINE

April 26th, 2017
Jesse Gussow

I was first drawn to the work of photographer Lidia Vives Rodrigo and the popping vibrant colours in her work. Her images are crisp, clear and vibrant; they give you the feeling that you are dreaming. Each photo tells a story. The old saying a photograph tells a thousand words is the perfect embodiment of her work. You are drawn in and compelled to create a story for what you are viewing. Truly magnificent work.

 

Where are you from?

I'm from Lleida, a small town in Spain, but I've been living in Barcelona for 4 years.

 

How did you start on this artistic journey?

I've been in love with art since I can remember. When I was a little girl I thought I was going to be a painter, but it wasn't until university when I discovered photography and instead I decided that that's what I wanted to do.

 

What do you want your work to say to the viewer?

I want it to make them asked some questions, to imagine new adventures.

 

How would you describe your work?

Dark.

 

What was your favourite movie as a kid? What is it now?

My favorite movie as a kid was The Lion King (still one of my favorites). Now it's Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Love that musical!

 

If you weren't an artist, what would you be doing instead?

Maybe an actress. I'd love to.

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration in paintings and music. I like to recreate classical paintings and listen to music while I'm imagining my own video clip.

 

What is your entire process for creating a piece? From conception to completion.

First of all I have a simple idea. Sometimes it is a word, other times, a concept... then I look for some attrezzo [props], the models, the locations.... I have to say that there is also a lot of improvisation.

 

Are there any particular artists that have had an impact on your work? If so, which ones?

For sure. There are a lot of painters, but specially photographers like Annie Leibovitz, Tim Walker, Steven Klein...

 

What is the biggest challenge you've had on a shoot?

My biggest challenge was a photo shoot I'd done years ago. I had a shoot with a band and I hadn’t seen the location before, and ideas were not clear... it took me 6 hours utill I made "the picture"... huh.

 

What role do you think the arts have in today's society?

I think that art is very important right now. Especially because anyone can be an artist. You can have the material and move your art on social media. It's a new era where everyone can express themselves artistically.

 

What kind of books and music do you enjoy?

I like psychology books, and rock and classical music.

 

When you aren't working, what do you do?

Spending time with my boyfriend is my first passion :)

 

What's in your camera bag? And why?

My Pentax, one Pentax and one Sigma Art lens, Kleenex and cookies. I'm using Pentax specifically because of the colors. Now I'm working with Pentax K1 (my first full frame) and its sensor is incredible. It has amazing resolution and it catches every detail. My favorite lens is my Sigma Art 18-35mm, because of the PERFECT quality.

 

Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies or some other unhealthy snack?

Oreo (just with chocolate) and Kinder!!

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