Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Rambaldi.
Rachel, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My dad walked out of the picture at an early age, my mom raised me all on her own and my sister was always better at school than me. Photography was the only thing I felt I could do well, that I could get lost in and feel good about. I found it much easier to take photos than to communicate whatever was happening internally. Feelings in general are hard to communicate when you have no idea who you are or how to manage those feelings. Having this outlet so early on gave me something I could express myself through, something tangible that I could see and know was part of me, that it was mine. Unfortunately, daddy issues had also been growing deep roots within me and eventually I fell in love with the wrong person who I slowly let take everything from me. I gave up taking photos and watched my identity slowly get crushed under the blanket of love, which can be such a messy experience when so many parts of you are damaged. At nineteen, I hit rock bottom. I guess we all have to get to that point in order to be able to rebuild and discover our power. It continuously happens, picking up and starting again. If it wasn’t for some pretty important women in my life I don’t think I would have been able to ever choose myself. It’s intense being a woman, we feel so much and because of our natural instinct it’s easy to put others in front of ourselves. It actually took me up until now at the age of twenty five to finally learn that priority is loving myself, which is the answer to everything. I don’t feel that my personal experiences and artistic experiences are separate from each other, they go hand in hand and I believe one fuels the other. I’m excited for the rest of this journey.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’m a Photographer and Director, I push to represent and tell stories based on the human experience. We all have deep things to express, our pain and the most raw parts of our selves is what can really connect us as human beings. Growing up white and privileged meant I was very safe and comfortable. It wasn’t until I started surrounding myself with people who had completely different life experiences than me that I really understood the power and importance of human connection. Ever since then, the idea of storytelling changed for me. I strive to share stories and images that move people, because of that my inspiration comes from humanity, from the people I meet and interactions I observe. It’s all connected and there are so many powerful narratives waiting to be told.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Patience, and the kinda doubt that constantly pushes you forward in wanting more from yourself as an artist.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is currently up on my website www.rachelrambaldi.com
, my Instagram @rachelrambaldi and my Vimeo which you can find just by searching my name. My creativity can be supported by keeping up with my work on all these platforms, there is so much more I’ll be sharing.
Every Heart, Briza Covarrubias, Monica Salazar, Agnes Artoonian, Olivia Victoria, Avi Boyko, Jordi, Action shot by – Justin Thompson
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