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Memories of the Art Déco design style have been present in my life from early childhood. The main cultural center in Havana, Cuba, where my mother worked, was housed in a beautiful Art Déco building. As luck would have it, I went from living in a city with a rich collection of deco buildings to living near Miami Beach, one of the cities with the largest collection of them in the United States.
My series “Deco Plage” explores my memories of the Art Déco architecture I saw as a young boy. I have always found these buildings and their design very appealing. Even though my memories have not faded, the old façades evoke a dreamy, foggy image of past times. As I visit Miami Beach on a regular basis not only do I encounter the buildings, I am also reminded of the beautiful beaches of my beloved Cuba.
I am a photographer born in Cuba and raised in Spain and the United States. I specialize in landscape and architectural photography.
Landscape photography is to me the best cure for stress. There is a simple idealism in the subjective framing and presentation of a landscape in its best light that I find so very rewarding. To isolate a small piece of nature, seemingly untouched by man and share this dream with others through a photograph is a game I will gladly play for a lifetime. Having grown up on an island and then moving to Miami, I have drawn my inspiration mostly from the surrounding water and lush vegetation. The heart and soul of my photographs generally come from the interaction of the light with the water and surrounding structures.
From peaceful dreamy longer exposures to the violence and impact of the waves crashing into rugged coasts, coastal scenes will remain my favorite subject. Nevertheless, I am quite happy to face the challenge of capturing the beauty and character of other landscapes and structures. Although I have a classic landscape photographer’s workflow that depends very much on the use of a tripod and filters matched to a careful and deliberate composition in good light, lately I have sacrificed some of that control to create particular abstract photographs.
All my photographs are captured using a digital camera and are digitally processed prior to printing. For each image, I currently print a maximum of 200 editions. Most of the work is presented on archival grade media, face mounted on gallery quality acrylic.
Fine Art Photography
Web site: www.rocofoto.com