We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruben Zamora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruben, what’s been your favorite thing to do during quarantine?
My favorite thing to do during quarantine has been to think of concepts I want to bring to life through my art. I have also found I enjoy taking walks and so I often find myself doing both simultaneously. Since I work from home and am at my desk all day, I take walks right after work to clear my mind and get some exercise before I sit back down and watch movies or edit photos. During these walks, I have found many visually arresting spots I cannot wait to immortalize in my art, once I think of the perfect idea to go along with them.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a photographer specializing in evocative portraits aided by the ambiance created through the interplay of light and shadow. Sometimes I include surreal elements in my photos, as they add a new layer of depth and visual allure. Lately, I’ve utilized fog in many of my photos, to symbolize uncertainty or obscurity or perhaps some hidden secret the subject of the photo might let us in on if we stare long enough…
I’ve been a photographer for five years, with only one goal in mind: uncover what makes a good photograph. My art is set apart by its originality, as I don’t follow the trends that are so prevalent all over social media. A snowflake is nothing special when in an avalanche, after all. I always seek to continue improving my craft, either by learning some new trick in Photoshop or using props in metaphorical ways. I enjoy exploring the nature of light and color and the many moods a subtle shift in either can cause. Sometimes I’ll take a warmly lit photo and cool the tones, just to see what will happen. Through the editing, I often find what I want the photo to say.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I love art, and all art related things, I would take them to a couple of museums in DFW. The Dallas Museum of Art, of course, being our first stop. Then the Kimbell in Fort Worth. My favorite restaurant, Grimaldi’s, would be the place to get a meal. They make delicious pizza and I love the ambiance. We could check out a movie at my favorite theater, the Magnolia in Uptown (a nice, convenient walk from Grimaldi’s). Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts are two delightful neighborhoods that are must-sees in Dallas. We could catch a show at any of the venues in Deep Ellum or other parts of Downtown Dallas, as there’s always a concert going on (maybe not right now, but you know what I mean). To get some cheap, but still good drinks, there’s lots of fun divey bars in Denton, Lucky Lou’s being my favorite. After that (or perhaps before…) there’s Free Play, an arcade in Denton. There’s other places, but those are a few of my favorite things.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The models that help me bring my art to life have been great to work with and I could not have created my art without them. They literally bring my visions to life.