Back again for our latest edition of Insiders, we had the pleasure of interviewing photographer Rai Robledo. With his keen eye for detail, Rai shoots breath-taking photographs that capture viewers’ attention at first glance. Fashion editorials, concerts, weddings, and more, he does it all. From landscapes to portraits, his work is described as beautiful, elegant, and sensitive. Staying involved in every aspect of the photographic process from start to finish, Rai makes sure his passion and unique flair is transferred to every image. Although known specifically for his outstanding photography, Rai Robledo is also a blogger, social media ambassador and drummer in the group Hominidae. Find out more about Rai Robledo below!
1. What made you want to become a photographer?
I’ve always loved photography. I was really attracted by the light, compositions, and wanted to immortalise the things I saw.
2. Where does your inspiration come from?
From many places. From everyday situations, films, photographs. Anything that happens to you can be a source of inspiration and be transformed into a photo.
3. What type of photos do you prefer taking?
I like photographing people in particular. I really like portraits, but also travel photography, landscapes, and objects. When you’re a photographer you have that urge to photograph everything, although people are what I like most, but they’re also the most difficult…
4. What was the most difficult photo you’ve taken?
When a shot is complicated, or you see that it’s not going to turn out how you wanted, it’s better to just leave it, so there hasn’t really been any photo that was complicated to do.
5. Which famous person have you enjoyed working with most?
I don’t know. I almost prefer to take photos of anonymous people, although I’ve never had a bad experience working with somebody well known.
6. What is it you like most about being a photographer?
Travelling, meeting interesting people. That each day is different. Some days you take photos, some days you edit, some days look for locations, or work on commissioned projects and photos. Every day is different so you never really know where you’ll be in a week’s time or what photos you’ll take.
7. What would be your dream photo?
The ones I haven’t yet taken. There are lots and, luckily, they’re gradually appearing, almost without looking for them they come.
8. We know that, apart from being a photographer, you’re also in the band Hominidae and you’ve played at the FIB. What was the experience like?
Fantastic. We were the winners of the Radio3 demo project and that was the prize. Playing in a festival of that magnitude when you’re used to small, intimate venues was good fun and a great experience. We’re a dive bar band, with people and friends close, but of course we love experiences like playing at the FIB and we’d love to do it again.
9. Your next plans?
To continue working, continue taking photos and to complete the second part of a project I started last year, called “Las chicas son rockeras” (The girls are rockers, where I take photos of girls wearing the t-shirt of their favourite rock, punk or heavy metal band. I already have 182 and I hope that with the second part of the project I can finish and publish them in a book.