Brooklyn-based, Chicago native artist Aaron Rhodan's photography will make you want to travel abroad, admire the structure in various cities while marveling at the people in them. The 35mm film will put any subject in a time capsule and have you questioning "When was that taken?" He mostly shoots seamlessly in black and white. He is currently the Senior Producer at Ebony Magazine and when he's not updating the web you can catch him chilling, catching good vibes with friends and photographing of course! I was lucky enough to be in front of his lens a couple years back. Check out his beautiful visuals and read up on what inspires him!
Where are you from?
Chicago, born and raised.
What do you like to photograph?
Street shots and candids. I think people don't realize how cool they look just doing the stuff they naturally do, so I try to keep a camera around to capture that.
When did you get your first camera?
7th or 8th grade. Got it for either a Christmas or birthday gift. It was a Pentax ZX50 35mm SLR. Still have it to this day, would still use it but it needs some work. Might get another one if its cheaper to do that then get mine fixed, super fun to shoot with.
How have your images taken shape?
I'm a harsh critic of myself so sometimes it feels like my skills are regressing, which sucks. Took a "break" from shooting for a little bit and its messed with my eye a little. I'm still good with the mechanics of shooting but I'm feeling like my shots look a little too random and uninspired. Think it might just be the subjects though, if I have a good subject I typically come away with something good. Not as much inspires me as it did when I was in high school.
Who do take pictures for mostly?
Friends/family, random people on the street, wimminwimminwimmin, friends' kids. Anything and anybody that I'm around that moves me to shoot
Ever been published?
Uhhhh maybe? I think one of my shots was used in a school paper, maybe a few other places but to be completely honest I'm godawful at keeping track of where my stuff ends up. Especially if I'm on the fence about what it is I shot. You'd have to ask my mom, she's a lot better at keeping up with my accomplishments than I am. Not exactly proud of that...I'm coming to terms with the fact that I've done a lot of really dope things in my life that I should be proud of.
I did win a statewide competition in Illinois, think maybe the shot I took was published somewhere but don't quote me on that.
Where if so?
Oops I answered that already.
How do you maintain working for both ebony magazine and for yourself?
I work for myself while working at EBONY. Only way I'd keep sane.
What's your ultimate goal as a photojournalist?
To fill the walls of my home with prints that I'm proud of and to have a good print of all the individuals I care about to give to them. I'd like to gift people the awesome I see in them. That's my ultimate goal.
Any other major hobbies or professions?
YUUUUUUUPPP I also do graphic design, produce music, mixed media art and just make random things to sell from time to time. Selling stickers at the moment, have some other random things I have on deck, I've made clothes before...I'm a just a doer of things. I like making stuff in general. Check out the store though, not much on it now but I'm building it up. http://licksandstains.bigcartel.com