Romina Rivadeneira

Location: Tallahassee, Florida  Website:  Instagram: @rominaphoto

How did your interest in your medium begin and how did you arrive at your current style?

My dad loved photography and was always taking photos of us, so I just picked it up. Then when I learned I could study photography, and earn a living, that was all it took.

I'd like to think that my “style” changes constantly, but what I love capturing the most are people. It wasn’t until recently that I started to enjoy taking photos of landscapes without people in them.

How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?

I think if you're creative, it's hard not to be moved by your surroundings. It's a vital relationship for all of us, for it ultimately shows and even teaches us more about ourselves, if we're open to it.

How do you choose your subjects?

I know it's cliche but most often my subjects, at least the people I shoot, seem to choose me. When it comes to landscapes, I guess I'm drawn to anything that seems to tell a story, maybe about a different time in history, or about how so much natural beauty still exists in the world. I also like images that consist of juxtaposing subjects, things that don't seem to work together yet somehow are meant for each other.

Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you're a part of? What opportunities are there for artists like yourself in your area?

I've met several creative people here, I'm still somewhat new to Tallahassee, but I've yet to join any specific groups. It's a small town but it's rapidly changing and luckily several creative types are leading that change.

Where do you go to draw inspiration?

I've done several editorial shoots throughout the South where it's just me walking around town with my camera, and that's always inspiring because I'll see something new every time. Road trips work too. As well as art and history museums, books, magazines, movies, TV, and any place where people congregate.

Are there any aspects of the Southern aesthetic that you embrace or ones you consciously avoid?

Well, being Venezuelan before I became a U.S. citizen, which sometimes in the South means I'm not like everyone else, of course there are certain things that I'd like to change, but as a photographer I guess I'm primarily here to reflect what's here. You know, don't shoot the messenger, as they say.

Do you feel creatively satisfied?

At times but I just keep shooting. Most artists are usually hungry for more, otherwise they move on onto something else.

Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition. 

I've been working with a ballet company and recently shot their production of the Nutcracker. I also plan to showcase some work in a gallery in town soon. And I still enjoy shooting weddings.

I'm working on “Camping St. Joe” which will be about my overnight weekend warrior camping experiences throughout 2015.