My work is influenced by my career in environmental policy and much of my life spent living in cities - Washington, London, Boston, Pune (India), and then back to DC. Given this background, I think about things like how for the first time in history, most of the world's population lives in cities, with urban areas growing by 50+ million people annually (Source: World Health Organization) - and implications this has for the natural environment and how we experience it. More and more people are encountering nature from a very human-constructed landscape. So with my camera I explore how society integrates the environment in an urban context: do we ignore it; include it for visual harmony where feasible; or consider it a crucial part of the modern urban landscape? And how does nature survive in the city? My images show the urbanized nature around me: trees neatly edged by sidewalks; rivers contending with trash, their flows routed into predictable paths; birds splashing in fountains; fall foliage on asphalt; winter berries against concrete; nature landscaped into plots. I look for the beauty of nature as found in the city.
As a city-dweller, I also love to see how people express their individuality in a concrete, glass, steel, and brick world. I explore the role that color holds in human expression in urban life. This obsession with color led to my "DC by Color" project, to which I add regularly, every chance I get. Many of these images are on this website; I also regularly post even more of them, one color at a time, on Instagram @rinamrodriguez. I've begun to expand this project to other cities.
(As much as I love urban locations, I also like to get away with my husband to pretty fabulous places with mountains, rocks, and bare land. That's why I'm there in the Isle of Skye, photographing of course, while on my honeymoon a few years ago with my great hubby.)
Website and Print Publications/Use: My images have been used in print and/or web form by the following organizations and firms: