Today we’d like to introduce you to Romy Lima.
Romy, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
My love of photography started as a love for architecture. My father was a carpenter and would take my little brother and I to his job sites when we were kids. From there, we could see our city from some extremely unique points of view. You could look up and see the stony grey Los Angeles skyline contrasted against the clear blue sky. If you looked down, you would see foundations of the skyscrapers and the people walking through, around and above them. It was an experience that I wish I could relive as an adult. Growing up, I tried a ton of different ways to express how I viewed my city. Painting? I couldn’t paint to save my life. Graffiti? Mom wasn’t having it. I almost gave up until I attended Santa Monica College and was blessed enough to meet some friends that wanted to become professional photographers. It was there that I began to view photography as a medium for my self-expression. Although I don’t have a formal education in photography, I had a bunch of patient friends who taught me everything I know now.
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! I focus primarily on architecture around Los Angeles. I’m completely in love with modernist architecture. I want to showcase the glass, steel and concrete structures that make up our diverse city. When people view my photos, I want them to see my city as I see it, from my own unique point of view. The understanding I want people to take away from my pictures is that there is an every-man aspect of photography that goes unappreciated. As the adage goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. Sometimes it’s as easy as taking your cell phone camera, snapping a picture of something, and showing it to the world while saying “I saw this today and I found it interesting”. There isn’t a barrier to entry for self-expression. It may take some tinkering and practice to capture your surroundings as you see them but it’s part of the process. At the end of the day, my photography is how I view the city. I want to see how others see it.
Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
With the COVID-19 pandemic going on right now, I feel like the role of artists and creators is being highlighted more than ever. Local artists shape the cultural and ideological landscape of the places they live. It’s an artist’s job to help us better communicate and record our shared experiences, to capture ideas that may not be so easily expressed in writing. More now than ever, artists must create a visual, musical and emotional record that shows others that they aren’t alone in what they are currently experiencing. If journalists are the arbiters of truth, artists are its scribes. In the end, the human experience is just a compilation of pictures, music and books. Those tapped into the Los Angeles art scene know that these same creators are falling to the wayside when it comes to government assistance. Should this trend continue, Los Angeles stands to lose a substantial amount of cultural capital. Currently, I’m trying to find a way to use my art to help these artists stay afloat.
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?
The best place to see my work is on Instagram! I post about up and coming projects and my creative process a ton. I’m working on a site to showcase my own work and that of others. If you’d like to support my work, send me a DM or email and I would be honored to sell you a print of my work (just enough to buy a single roll of cheap film).