Paraphrasing Shakespeare, when we look at the photographs of Rolando Diaz (www.rolandodiaz.com), we might exclaim “What’s in a photograph?” The answer would be “everything.” Soul, colors, sensations, perception of a world. In photography, the lens, we can see – even before the picture portrayed – the figure of the artist that produced it.
Diaz is an American photographer, son of Cuban exiles. He lives and works in Miami, more precisely in the glittering backdrop of Miami Beach. This is though just his starting point for the world. From Florida’s coast he has traveled the globe with his camera, hunting for pictures, frames, fragments. Case and passport always ready for a new job and a new adventure.
Rolando Diaz knows that the photographer profession is not limited to research of one perfect shot. First, the job itself is evolving: technical improvements for sure, but also human skills increasing. “Humor, compassion, curiosity.” The leitmotiv that moves his camera and his work, which pushes him for new places, new ideas, new cities to capture through the lens.
The artist – because, to me, is the way he deserves to be called – is committed to urban photography, but also to travel places. A multi thematic job, always over or between old and new. For any project, for each initiative, there is an effective way to tell, and that’s what Rolando Diaz knows tremendously well.
The photograph is a privileged way to tell the world without having to even write a letter.
Diaz takes shots of the world from years, talking about it with humor, with balance, within their color perfection, withing the enchantment of the moment caught. Carpe diem: the motto for every photographer, and Rolando makes a modus operandi for researching the shot that tells the best of that moment, that place, that room and that style. One person for one world.
And the personality of the photographer is well defined by himself: openness and curiosity to feed his work. As he wrote in his official website: “Got a project in mind? Let’s talk about, I’m always ready for new adventures. ”
And judging by his photographs, the previous adventures must have been beautiful ones.
Article by Mariagrazia Roversi
English Translation by Piergiorgio Mancini