#FacesOfPhotography – Teil 141: Rodrigo Cruz aus León

Rodrigo Cruz‘ Wunsch ist es, auch in Zukunft noch fotografische Aufträge zu bekommen – die Magazine in Mexiko sind entweder dank Digitalisierung auf deutlich mehr Videoproduktionen umgestiegen oder schlicht nicht mehr existent. Was die Fotografie ihm bedeutet und wie er die Rolle der Fotografie in der Pandemie einschätzt, darüber hat er mit den #FacesOfPhotography gesprochen:

Rodrigo, how are you
I’m well, fortunately with good health and waiting for the activities to be fully reactivated.

A couple and other people during a soccer game in Boca Colorado, a town formed by mining activity.

What is the current situation in Mexico?
At the beginning of the year the situation was very complicated, there were many infections of COVID-19, the newspapers gave information that the hospitals were full and people were desperately looking for oxygen tanks for their relatives, but now several cities have begun to reactivate activities.

A man watches through a hole the movements of the U.S. Border Patrol and overnight waits patiently for the right moment to jump up the wall that separates Mexico from the United States, in Tijuana, Mexico.

What means photography for you?
I’m a visual artist and photography was the medium that I chose and that has allowed me to see more deeply the world in which I live, it’s something that I do with passion every day. Even after many years, I’m still fascinated by the moment when all the compositional elements and emotions come together and an image is created.

A child looks out through back window of a bus. Many children are recruited from their communities to work with low salaries in agricultural fields of Culiacan, Mexico.

How do you see the role of photography in these times?
The role of photography continues to be to communicate, to preserve in each photograph a fragment of history, it’s an art form, the only difference is that now millions of people carry out this activity on a daily basis.

Indigenous families stay during all night at the cemetery to celebrate Day of Dead in Cochoapa el Grande, Guerrero.

Has the pandemic changed photography?
Each specialty within photography has been affected in some way, it seems to me that we will have to take more precautions when working in public spaces, the way of approaching people will have to be modified for the health of ourselves and the people we are going to photograph. As time goes by, I hope we return to what it was before.

The Fire Walk is the celebration held by the indigenous communities of Michoacán every February 1 to celebrate the Purépecha New Year.

What is your personal photographic wish for the future?
My wish is to continue having work as a photographer, at least in Mexico several magazines have disappeared and others have made the complete transition to digital, video production has undoubtedly increased and I have perceived firsthand that photography assignments have been seen reduced.

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