Rio is an interesting and inspiring photographer. Her art is refreshing and imaginative and her creativity uplifting. Dreamy-like atmospheres, people’s expressions, cities’s shots or endless landscapes, she captures a moment with both simplicity and emotions, revealing herself through her work. We had the pleasure to have her on the show a couple of times. She shared with us some amazing shots, along with some thoughts on her photographs and her vision of our different themes. Here is what we chatted about.
Are you a Londoner?
I was born in Japan and I lived there for four years, until I was old enough to attend school and after that I moved to Hong-Kong. I lived there until I was 6 and I have been in London since. I have been living here for almost 20 years now.
How did you start doing photography?
It is something I was always interested in. My mum’s friend inspired me, I have known him since I was very little, and he is a photographer. Whenever I used to go out with him he would always have his camera. So seeing him do his photography influenced me and my mum started to pick up on that as well. Then, when I started college, I thought I’ll study it and it was really fun. It all started from there really.
How to you get your inspiration? What king of pictures do you like to take the most?
I like taking pictures of people normally. I like their expressions and I like taking pictures when they are in their natural state. I don’t really like pictures when they are posing, I just like them when they don’t know someone is taking a picture of them. That is when it is really natural. That is what inspires me the most, and also nature is really nice.
What does being creative mean to you? What do you feel when you are being creative?
Just being yourself really, having your guard down, expressing yourself and letting other people know how you are feeling through your art and your creativity.
What is your favourite picture that you have ever taken?
I don’t really know what my favourite one is. I like the one I’ve taken before “reflection”, the one on the puddle I did and I also like my pigeon one that I put on at the first show.
Do you have a dream project?
I’d like to one day maybe travel and take documented picture to show countries that are poorer than where we are living right now. I am sure it has been done before, I just think it would be quite nice for my record just to experience it and capture it.
What are you trying to communicate through your pictures?
Just how I was feeling when I took the pictures, the stage I was at in my life when I was doing it, and where I was at as well when taking pictures of people.
Do have future projects that you would like to do?
I want to learn a bit more of the digital side of things. I want to learn how to draw on my pictures and stuff like that. That would be quite interesting to get the two arts together.
How did you start the exhigone adventure?
Through Denise, because I used to work with her, and she asked me “do you know anyone, any artist that might want to put some stuff up?” And I said “I do some photography so yea I can put some stuff up!”
Do you want to talk about your contribution in the shows?
The first time was just my old pictures, stuff that I’d done before, because that was just like a test. After that I was in the “Third Culture” one and I put pictures up of what I thought Third Culture is to me, being someone who was raised in London but is not from England. So I took pictures of me eating scramble eggs and baked beans in a Japanese bowl with chopsticks. And the last one was reflections that I took with my manual camera when I was in college, so people looking in mirrors or paddles reflection.
What is your favorite thing about exighone?
I like that everyone comes together in one show and everyone do different things. I like that you get to speak to everyone, you get inspired by everyone, inspiration of what their image is about or their music or their art, I think it is very cool.
Is there something that you would like to do or see in the show in the future?
Not really, I think the most exciting thing would be to see more artists and get to know more artists.
Can you tell us something we don’t know about yourself?
I can sing, I used to sing musicals as a child and I studied music in my school. Today I sing in my own time.
Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with us Rio!
If you are interested about Rio’s art and want to see more of her amazing photography, visit www.flickr.com/photos/riooo