Today we’d like to introduce you to Argel Rojo.
Hi Argel, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I went to film school and I worked a lot in productions feature films, documentaries, advertising, etc. But I got a job in a magazine to be the producer of the content, it was a digital magazine, so I was producing video interviews, short films, documentaries, music videos, fashion videos and all the photoshoots for the magazine, then I became the Editor of the magazine and I loved to find new talent to bring to the magazine every month but my favorite part was always the photoshoots. When I left the magazine, I moved out of the country and went from Mexico City to South Korea, there with my camera I started to organize photoshoots with friends just for fun and with that, I realized that photography is my actual passion. Then I moved to LA and got married with my now husband and here I decided to take classes and prepare myself to be the photographer I want to be. I’ve been taking classes at PCC to get the photography certificate, but now because of COVID, I had to stop, but I keep learning everyday. But since I’m in LA, I’ve been fortunate to photograph a lot of indie and queer performers like AB Soto, Sister Mantos, Sancha, Tolliver, Devon Williams, etc. I have work with some few new fashion designers and stylists.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s not starting a new career when you are over 30 is hard, specially when you move to a new country. In the beginning, it was really hard. I was here unable to work while I was fixing my immigration status. I had an encounter that also made me scared about this county. It was not like in the movies that you come here and you have the American Dream, I suffer depression and anxiety, I felt trapped in a golden cage, where my husband has been a great supporter but even with that support, it’s been really hard to break the cage of my own fears. So it took me a while to been able to go back to school, to start working and networking. And I can tell you I’m not there yet. COVID has push me back and I’m sure a lot of people feel the same.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a photographer who specializes in portraiture and fashion photography. I’ve been known for my use of color, everything I do has a lot of color and sometimes textures. What I’m most proud of it’s the work that I have done with a lot of performers here. Some models, musicians, actors, I feel that we have been able to produce work that it’s very unique. What sets me apart from others is my background, I have a background in editorial work, fashion work in a magazine, I have experience in film and journalism, I have lived in four different countries and that has opened my eyes to other point of views. I don’t follow Instagram trends I follow art.
We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
My age, lol people always think I’m younger and I don’t know if thats good or bad.
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- Instagram: @argelrojo
1 Emily Mionske 2 Augustus Hoovestal Styled by LAG Vintage 3 Darren Kinoshita 4 Victoria de Leon 5 Ben Phen & Kim Hamilton Ham and Ben Productions 6 Eden Luna 7 Tolliver