We had the good fortune of connecting with Xavier Rony and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Xavier, we’d love to hear more about your end-goal, professionally.
I want my work to be displayed in galleries around the world. Although my work now isn’t near that stage, I really envision myself continually growing as an artist via consistency and inspiration. Another goal is to publish a couple books of my passion projects that I will have worked on (hopefully). More than anything I want to look back on my journey as a photographer and smile because of all the people and places I crossed paths with.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I describe my photographs to be an eclectic mix of what I love. I say that because it really is just a vibrant mix of landscapes, portraits and street photos. I always have my camera on me so that’s why I have such a variety of photographs to show who I am as an artist. I got to where I am today by staying consistent and having a couple burnouts along the way. It wasn’t easy but it was definitely enjoyable. There’s a certain enjoyment in having to switch styles from time to time; from landscapes to portraits from digital to film etc. It really helped me grow as an artist and these days I find my self shooting more portraits than anything but who knows what I’ll be shooting in a year from now. A lesson I learned along the way is to never compare yourself to anyone, you should only compare yourself to who you were yesterday. As an artist I feel that that is very important to bettering your work and image.
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.
Part of my growth as an artist was learning that these “hot spots” for photography are good to imitate and take a shot that thousands of other artists have already taken but not so good for trying to break out and learn new things. I realized that sometimes the best spot is right around the corner. Go for photo walks in neighborhoods or streets you’ve never seen and you’ll find objects and scenes that you’ve never even thought about before. If you’re in LA I would say spend some time in Angelino Heights and eat at Philippe’s, a classic LA spot for food and culture. Hangout in Eagle Rock after to shoot some vintage cars and run down buildings too. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to the film community and my family for keeping me inspired