Rob Woodcox @robwoodcoxphoto is a fine art and fashion photographer currently living between Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York City who creates breathtaking works of art, defining his style as ‘a crossover between fine art, conceptual and fashion photography.‘
Not only his compositions are sublime, but he also uses his creativity to make strained voices heard. ‘Rob has produced projects raising consciousness and conversation around the US foster system and adoption, queer identity, body neutrality, racial diversity and environmental justice’ and as he personally said for this exclusive interview ‘everything I create tells a story or has some underlying meaning‘
‘Each concept is a declaration of his experience and seeks to tell a meaningful story to each individual that views it.’
This photograph from the Queer Crew editorial is a clear example of how Rob uses his talent to raise consciousness in topics that the world needs to fight for and to help people whose voices are not heard. This editorial features trans model and activist Ali Monterrosas and a full queer cast (including designers and production) and it is full 70s glam reimagined in a modern space. ‘We mix gender and feature the pride and beauty of being queer’ in Rob’s own words. Here are a couple more photographs of this editorial but you can see the full photoshoot and credits on Rob’s website.
‘Rob creates from a unique perspective, finding hope in the human connection and the will to overcome negative constructs within our complex societies.’
Continuing with this same topic of the ‘controversial topics’ in today’s society, Rob also created an editorial to explore masculinity. Even though we have already spoken a couple of times about the ‘new masculinity’ if you want to call it that way or a ‘less toxic’ masculinity with other artists such as we did on this post, it’s still necessary to talk more about it and normalize other types of masculinity and self-expression manners without being judged.
I won’t rest as an artist until true equality is reached for all.
In this photoshoot, starring MTVs artist to watch, choreographer, dancer and stylist Robert Green @staronstage, they explore femininity in men, personal expression and spirituality, and the sheer beauty of dance in this editorial shot at Teotihuacan sacred Aztec temples in Mexico. You can see the full photoshoot and credits here.
If all of these stunning projects weren’t enough, we want to show you Rob’s conceptual projects that will literally blow your mind. Here is a selection of his breathtaking compositions. Once again, you can see all his projects on his website robwoodcox.com
Having shared some of Rob’s projects, we interviewed him because we couldn’t let scape this opportunity of really knowing how his creative mind works and to really know him better.
We were really really curious about his creative process and he stated that planning the photoshoots ‘usually take a week or two‘ to prepare every detail for it and coordinate everything, as well as the post-production. And as for the inspiration for his art, he said this.
Nature is a big inspiration for me; social change as well. I see so much beauty in this world and I think it’s worth celebrating through art.
Maybe you can’t understand his most mind-blowing projects in conceptual art at first sight, but that’s what Rob is trying to do. Most of these compositions are ‘all completely captured in one shot, so it leaves the viewer questioning reality’ and every element is shot in the same location, then edited on Photoshop to create these crazy compositions.
I love reading people’s responses wondering how it was created.
To close our interviews, we love asking artists, models and whoever we interview to give advice for the younger generations and those who really want to start in these complicated industries. We believe it helps the community and brings together generations of artists who want to change the world. Rob sent a message of encouragement and self-belief, to encourage everyone out there who wants to pursue an art career. Because as he says ‘our society often tells us to focus on money or predictable outcomes, but anything is truly possible if you have the focus and the drive to keep doing what you love’ because many people will discourage you by telling that you will never make it as an artist, as it happened to Rob, but he has done what he loves and he’s now ‘living my dreams’ as he said. He added that ‘the opportunities are endless, the only person who chooses your future is you.’
Never stop believing in your own vision, don’t be afraid to do exactly what it is that you love. There is a place for everybody and every passion.
Q: How would you define your art?
A: My art is definitely a crossover between fine art, conceptual and fashion photography. I love finding the intersections between science, design, art and social change and combining different elements in my work. Everything I create tells a story or has some underlying meaning; sometimes I talk about it and sometimes I leave it up to the viewer to interpret. There’s nothing better than a good story and I like seeing what narratives people see in my art.
Q: What is your creative process?
A: I always have a clear idea before I enter a photoshoot. I spend a lot of time in nature or alone coming up with ideas and write about them or draw them out; it usually takes a week or two leading up to a photoshoot to prepare the details of location, model(s), wardrobe, makeup etc. When I’m collaborating on a very specific body paint or dance set, I send a lot of inspiration back and forth with collaborators to give them the full idea of the design I want, pose or the color palette. Shoots are usually the quickest part of the process, taking anywhere from 1-4 hours, or a full day for more commercial clients. I edit for a few days after most shoots and then deliver the final photos, either to social media or clients depending on whether the shoot is personal or not. I love every part of the process, but the actual shoot where I’m interacting with people is my favorite.
Q: What inspires you and what keeps you creative?
A: Nature is a big inspiration for me; social change as well. I see so much beauty in this world and I think it’s worth celebrating through art. I get inspired by paintings, dance shows, fashion, there is inspiration everywhere. Sometimes a simple wallpaper pattern will inspire a dance photo composition or a mountain landscape will inspire my next story. I think spending a lot of time meditating with my thoughts is very important to stay inspired as well when I move too quickly through life and don’t take time for myself I notice inspiration is harder to find.
Q: You create amazing compositions. How do you edit your photos?
A: Everything I photograph is done on location, so even when I’m compositing certain elements in Photoshop, a good portion of the photo is composed in real life, making all the different elements of the photo look more cohesive. Lighting is one of the most important parts of photography, so making sure all the elements of light match is important. Much of my work is completely captured in one shot, so it leaves the viewer questioning reality. I love that about my work, I love reading peoples responses wondering how it was created.
Q: What do you like the most about photography? Which is the most important part of it?
A: I love working with people, getting to share vulnerable spaces and ideas, and capturing unique moments. So many of my photos come from dreams and ideas I hold onto for months or years, so its a very therapeutic process. I think artists have the power to connect to people across all borders and beliefs, so when we get the opportunity to talk about subjects that affect many people, that can be the most important part. I’m very passionate about social change- racial justice, queer equality, gender equality, body and disability equality etc. In other words, I won’t rest as an artist until true equality is reached for all. I really enjoy getting to be a part of that change with others, its exhilarating thinking we could be a part of history.
Q: Do any of your creations have a background story? If so, can you tell us any?
A: Many of my photographs have background stories; one example is my Tree of Life image. It has been a time of political unrest in the United States where I’m from, and while many negative things have happened, I have seen so many positive stories and people coming together to fight for change. I started dreaming of a scene where people come together and create an oasis in the desert, and that slowly developed into creating a Tree of Life using the human form. I took a group of dancers from Mexico City to some sand dunes in Veracruz and we spent the weekend creating art on location. It was an amazing experience, and that photo is one of the images that came of the trip!
Q: Which future projects do you have in mind?
A: I’m currently working on a series concept that will explore queer love, extensions of my dance and body paint series, and some new concepts exploring human relations to the environment and how to protect this beautiful planet we call home.
Q: Did you always want to become what you are now or do you have future goals?
A: I never imagined life would take me on this exact path, however I always did dream big. I have even bigger goals for the future that involve working with some pretty big names in the industry and also developing a retreat center for youth and aspiring artists that will hopefully become an international organization.
Q: Would you like to give any piece of advice you young artists and to our readers?
A: Never stop believing in your own vision, don’t be afraid to do exactly what it is that you love. There is a place for everybody and every passion. Our society often tells us to focus on money or predictable outcomes, but anything is truly possible if you have the focus and the drive to keep doing what you love. So many people told me I’d never make it as an artist, but I’m living my dreams. Art allows us to create ideas that can inform science and design, it works hand in hand with other important pillars of our society. The opportunities are endless, the only person who chooses your future is you.
Rob is available internationally for select projects and campaign productions and sells prints of his work in the shop. To inquire about his production team or to contact Rob about a project, seminar or featuring his work, please use the contact form.