We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruben Tomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruben, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’m originally from Valencia in Spain. At the age of 19, I left my city and since then I have live in 5 different countries, 9 cities. My life has been always about taking risks, I’ve been always an adventurer, wanting to learn about other cultures and having experiences out of my comfort zone. Each time that I took the decision to go and live in another country it was about taking a risk .I have learned that when you take risks in your life, life always gives someting back, experiences that make you grow as a human being. All the learning from those moments are incalculable and makes me the persone that Ive become, so many experineces still to live. For me, life is about learning through the constant risks I take. Regarding my career as a photographer, it has being the same, taking risks and always following my intuition, my feelings, how to be honest as possible as I can be with my feelings and the way I want to creat images. Looking always inside my self has helped me to find my own visual langauge.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
It took me 10 years of my career to find my visual language. I had many obstacles in my life. I remember when I moved to NYC from Europe. I arrived at the city with little savings and my Artist Visa. The second month to be in NYC my laptop and hard drives were stolen, I lost many years of archives and work for magazines and clients they were waiting for me to finalize the edition and send them the images. The little money that I had I had to use it to buy a new laptop as is one of my tools of work. I’ve found myself without money in winter. I slept at house friends for almost 5 months, my friends were helping me with food and a place to sleep. It was one of the most difficult moments in my life. But I thought I should be grateful, I made a tattoo on my left arm “gratitude” thinking sometimes things happen for a reason..3 months later the police called me: “Ruben? we have found your laptop” I couldn’t believe it …I sold it and rent my first room. For me, photography is all about the experiences that I have with the subjects I photograph, the places I travel to, the people I meet in my path of life… Then those images will be there for eternity, to remember all those moments. In my heart, in my soul, with all my love.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The Griffith Observatory from where you can see all Los Angeles, Santa Monica’s beach and promenade, Venice Beach and the canals, The walk of fame on Hollywood Boulevard, the streets of the Beverly Hills Mansions, Rodeo drive, Downtown Los Angeles and the Art Deco buildings. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to all the people I’ve to meet in the path of my career. So many have supported me and believed in my photography. To all the amazing creatives I have collaborated with. They all have given me the strength and determination to continue with my passion. And also to my courage of taking risks and believe in what I do.
1) Beverly Girl, Mosh by Ruben Tomas 2) Foggy Palms ( Santa Monica) by Ruben Tomas 3) Self-portrait 4) George ( George Todd Mclachlan) by Ruben Tomas 5) When is Love (Rhinos) by Ruben Tomas 6) El Matador ( Malibu) by Ruben Tomas 7) Masked Men ( Santa Monica Beach) by Ruben Tomas 8) Helena Coppejans by Ruben Tomas