Featured Local: Rob Vasquez

Samantha Chamberlain

What do you do creatively speaking?

All things photography but right now I’m focusing more on moody shit/horror vibes.


When did you start?

2011 was my first year in the army. I started making some real money, went out bought a Canon Rebel T3i and it was a wrap.


What have you been inspired by?

I’m heavily inspired by all things horror and true crime. Some others that inspire me are Larry Clark, Harmony Korine, Clive Barker, Wes Craven, David Cronberg, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Pretty Puke.


Who all has supported you so far?

It's mainly just been a couple of my close friends and family members. A lot of strangers have actually been hitting me up lately telling me they fuck with me heavy which is crazy to me. I’m forever thankful for that!!


Have you ever felt like giving up?

All the damn time but I really can’t afford to. I know this is what I’m destined to do so I gotta keep crushing this shit no matter what the obstacles.


What have been your favorite parts so far?

Getting to collaborate and meet new people and artist of all kinds. I was such a hermit crab loner in my previous years, haha.


What's been the most challenging part?

Time management for sure. I used to be so horrible. Now I got no choice but to get with the program lol.


What would you tell someone who wants to make interesting work?

Just go out and do it, don’t wait for shit because the years will go by in an instant and it’ll just pain you thinking about what you coulda done. Trust me, I know.


Has anything pleasantly surprised you?

Just all the love everyone's been showing. I never thought anyone would be into the shit my brain possesses me to create.


What is success to you?

Having people walk away from our shoots having had an absolute blast and good experience, especially when it come to my horror shoot. Everyone's been loving the blood haha.


What are your dreams?

Honestly, I just wanna continue to explore different things in photography and keep creating. I’m interesting in delving into different mediums of art as well.


You can follow Rob on Instagram @terpmane and support him by purchasing his work from local businesses like Fresco or El Local Collective pop-ups and market events.

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