Because she grew up with a photographer dad and a stinky darkroom in the closet, Zoë Rodriguez swore she’d never pick up a camera for work. Then, 10 years ago she was propelled into the profession by a project she created called what I thought I saw.
“My project allowed me to travel to many different places, documenting diversity and meeting people from all walks of life,” she says. “I love people and I now know that I am a photographer because of my desire to portray life beautifully and with candor, to bring honesty out of my subjects.”
Rodriguez’s portraits of artists have appeared frequently in our pages — most recently her shots of Gentry Blackburn appeared in the November 2012 edition of 15 Bytes.
In her personal work she says she has been inspired recently by Salt Lake photographer Bill Patterson to experiment with light on figures and skin. “Swan & James – Looking Towards Different Lights” is one of the results.
Zoë Rodriguez and partner, Robert Swift operate zoë rodriguez photography, inc. and maintain a studio in the historic SAAN’s photo space. You can view more of her work at www.zoerodriguez.me.