We had the good fortune of connecting with Argel Rojo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Argel, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Believe in yourself. Have confidence that you are going to get there. I feel like there’s pressure from the world that tells you that by certain age you need to have accomplished so many things, as an artist you should already have a style a unique point of view, etc. And for me it was very important to understand that we all have a unique path and that I was gonna find my own way. Experimenting, trying new things, being inspired by other people, by nature, by my own work, my own process, because it’s very important to also cheer yourself. From there I was able to say oh I like this elements or this style I’m going to practice it, I’m going to also add this technique, and from there I was able to shut up the outside world to find that “thing” that people has respond to it and has put me in the position that I am.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a photographer. I love creating beautiful images full of color, I love creating images where people feel and look in a very unique way. I love creating characters and worlds with each image. What am I most proud of is hard to tell, I love all my work and every project comes with amazing images, one time is the album cover for a singer or the images of a wedding, the portrait of my friend. I’m proud of my self I guess.
How did I got here, well it was not easy at all, I went first to film school and back the I was very interested in the photography classes but when I told my professor he gave me a look, you know that kind of look that is telling you “Good luck, you’re never gonna be good enough” He was that way with the women and all the queer students. In that school, the world of the cinematographers was for straight boys. So I went to do other things, like directing and writing or art directing, all of that really makes me happy, but it took me so many years to get back into what I really wanted to do from the beginning.
The lesson that I have and I’m still learning is to let it go and be present. I’m very controlling and when things are not getting my way pr people are not acting the way I had in my head I get very frustrated. But that’s a problem because I cannot see beyond my own thoughts and reactions. I have learned that good that I have an idea, let’s put it aside and now let’s be present and open to what the moment is giving you.
What do I want the world to know about me, brand, story: Have fun, love colors and take some risks.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If a friend of mine would come to visit me to LA, it would probably come from Mexico so first of all I would take them to visit any of the National Parks that California has to offer, Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley, Chanel Islands, Joshua Tree, just depends of the time of the year. They are the best thing to do in Cali. In the city I would take the to the MOCA in little Tokyo, some of the most inspire art that I have seen has been showed there. Have a fried chicken sandwich from Howlin’ Ray’s, walk in the beach of its summer actually make a day beach at Will Rogers state beach. For dinner I would definitely take them to Union in Pasadena, one of my favorites. And pre Covid I would have take them to see a show, there’s so many music events happening all around town with indie bands that are so amazing, where the most interesting people in LA is.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, I went back to school because In wanted to learn some more from Photoshop so I enrolled at Pasadena City College and instead of taking just one class I took all the classes from the Photography program. Christopher O’leary has been one of the most influential people in my photography career. He has pushed me to explore things that I never thought I could be able to do. His class was inspiring every time showing us the work of many amazing photographers. But also amazing professors like Melanie Willhide, Anthony Lepore, etc.

Website: https://argelrojov.myportfolio.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/argelrojo

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/argelrojo/

Image Credits
Tolliver “Call me a Freak” single cover Zyan (Girl in yellow dress) Tolliver “Nervous” single cover Darren Kinoshita ( man in shiny jacket) Abel Macias (man with the painting backdrop) Allison Bouganim (Black and white photo) Nico Galan (Portrait of the man kinda Jedi) Sara Mionske (Girl with the colorful jacket)

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