I’m attracted to photography mainly because it takes me away from the reality of stress in work and appreciate all the things we see,” Roderick Cruz starts off his sentence about photography.
What more can take away your stress than shooting beauty? That is, for Rod, it is portraiture – particularly the female subject, and capturing her grace and beauty.
Rod started an interest in photography back in college during the film days. He recalls how his knowledge was limited because of how expensive a camera would cost.
“So I took aside my love for photography until it became more affordable. I bought my first digital camera in 2009, and had no one to teach me. I decided to search on the web, reading and watching tutorials. Then I bumped into a colleague, Rick Mupas, who invited me to join several photography groups. We finally decided to stay in one particular group. Each meeting was a learning experience for me. The more we attended the more we gained a lot … until they decided not to welcome us anymore. I thought that was the end of my journey as a photographer. I was hungry and yearning for the craft that we decided to form our own group, so we can have our own concept and learn new techniques from the net. We named it Press the Button or PTB,” he relates with candor.
The PTB group, composed of individuals from different backgrounds and profession bonded by one passion would shoot around and experiment, then try new dishes in Binondo after the session.
For this portrait photographer, an effective photograph is about composition and details. Being a graphic artist himself, he considers a photographer to be just like a painter whose work reflects the mood of the artist, in the same way an image gives off something about the photographer.
Describing himself as a jolly person who loves to laugh a lot, he prefers color over black and white because it expresses his cheerful personality.
“Currently a member of Press the Button and CAPE (Cainta Association of Photography Enthusiasts), I won 19th place in a photo contest from Digiprint and third place in last year’s competition of Manila Bulletin and Resorts World Manila dubbed ‘Picture Perfect at the Grand Fiesta 2012,’” he says. “I haven’t accomplished anything as a photographer as of this moment because I still need to learn more. My goal as a visual artist is to deliver satisfaction to my subjects/models and be more creative.”
The most significant experience for Rod in his journey is sharing his skills to others as well as gaining new experiences along the way. He feels that an important principle is not to brag about how good you are, but how you share your talent, learn to respect and appreciate the people you work with and keeping your feet on the ground.
“The best thing about being a photographer is capturing the beautiful and wonderful things that God has made, through the lens,” he says. “Photography is capturing that moment in time, a freedom of expression, an appreciation of everything we see in a different angle, and having to meet new friends and talented people along the way. This is the only thing that takes me apart from my four corners of workspace. It’s like I am in another place. “