We had the good fortune of connecting with Ramon Felix and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ramon, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I worked as a telephone co linemen for 10 years when I fell from a pole about 30ft up in the air. I spent a couple of years off work healing up both physically and mentally from that fall. It was at that point I thought if I’m going to injured or die doing a job it should be something I love to do. That is photography. So i think the process was standing up after falling down.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art… I think what sets my art apart from others is my point of view that everyday life is art in its highest form. Art doesn’t have to be a commercial or high-brow gallery. I think that people walking down the sidewalk to get to the bus or the corner store is art in my eyes. I’m proud that I have been able to capture those moments in photos. At home or when traveling. I got to the point where I am professionally by being able to weather the highs and lows of paid photography. I think that’s the hardest part of trying to be a paid photographer Especially when you don’t have financial support while times are lean. The rent still has to get paid even when you’re not shooting. I’ve been lucky to have some very talented photographers have me on as a lighting person for them which helps fill the work gaps.
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that no matter how much think you’re at a place where your photography is set there are always some techniques to sharpen or learn. We cant settle even when you have found your “picture”.
I want the world to that my photos are an honest reflection of the world I see. No need for filters or gimmicks if you’re honest about what you see.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Man LA is such a huge place filled with amazing food and people. I think the first place id take an out-of-town friend to is El Sinaloense. It’s a Mexican restaurant in Huntington Park. The people are from the same place in Culiacan as my family so the food taste like my grandma and aunts cooked.
As far as getting a drink I don’t really drink much but id sneaks some beers at Elysian Park.
Also, there would for sure be a visit to the Huntington Library.
I think I would also get a surf in at Topanga Beach.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are quite a few people in my life that have guided, mentored, and supported me. My good friend and talented photographer Hussein Katz brought me into the photography world as far as trying to make a career out of it. We met in 08 I think. We have been helping each other ever since.