*EMILY DYAN IBARRA
Edi non pratica il Free Running ma il suo obiettivo fotografico ha i muscoli decisamente ben allenati visto che, un giorno sì e l’altro pure, immortala coloro che di questa nuova disciplina figlia legittima del Parkour hanno fatto uno stile e una ragione di vita.
Di origini messicane, Edi vive e lavora nella contea di Los Angeles e a soli 31 anni si ritrova a scattare fotografie da brivido in bilico sui cornicioni dei grattacieli più alti d’America, restituendoci con il suo lavoro flessuose visioni di grazia e tensione. Sempre pronta a lanciarsi in una nuova sfida, alla nostra domanda: «Ma come ti prepari fisicamente per seguire i 3runner?» lei ha risposto così: «Siamo una squadra. I ragazzi mi mostrano sempre come fare ad arrampicarmi e poi se quello che faccio spaventa mia mamma allora è ancora meglio!».
Oltre a cristallizzare con la velocità di uno scatto le acrobazie funambole di atleti come Pasha Petkuns, Jason Paul, Jesse La Flair e Ryan Doyle, Edi esplora con passione e mano ferma anche il mondo della musica, per questo artisti come Neil Young e Macklemore o band come Portugal. The Man, Death Cab For Cutie e Dreamers Dose le hanno affidato i lori ritratti sia intimi che istituzionali.
Se volete saperne un po’ di più date una letta all’intervista che segue.
Let’s talk about work process. Which are your tricks?
I find it’s important to fall for your subject. Replicating that head-over-heels mentality, where every movement and expression is perfect, almost holy, lets you capture a dimension of someone that most don’t see. I can’t imagine having a different job. I also make my subjects hang out with me as long as possible, that’s also my trick.
You’ve photographed a 3run phenomenon like Jason Paul. How was this experience professionally and humanly speaking.
Jason is an amazing photographer, so he’s talented on both sides of the lens. Our styles are very different from each other but he knows me and he pushes me. He wants me to do my best work, and I want to capture his moments the way that I can. I love those kinds of challenges.
Who is on your photo eye in these days?
Shooting Shaun White in action has always been a dream. Even from the early days when I was just shooting before I knew it was a career, I thought about it. He just seems like the coolest guy. I shot his band Bad Things at South by Southwest, which was rad, but it wasn’t the same. I want to know how he looks at the world.
An unconventional trip with a Dreamers Dose or in Portugal. The Man?
My relationship with Portugal is a much longer story. I loved all the tours with them. The random couches, one-room motels and crowded van life is my bag. I’d do it again.
Complete this sentence: When I don’t work I like to…
Read, eat, sleep, talk. I also love to vacation into other people’s lives. I went rappelling with friends at 2am off the side of a building, because that’s the sort of shit they do on a Tuesday. To be honest, I didn’t really want to do it at first but after seeing the joy it gave them I had to try it!
And complete this lyrics: Oh, it’s such a perfect day, I’m glad I spent it…
Detached from cords, chargers and other intrusive circuitry.
We jump inside your window and touch down in front of your bookcase… So, before you get pissed off by the intrusion, what do we find and what would you suggest us to read?
If you’re into Self Help and Harry Potter, Nixon-era pamphlets on psychic abilities, feminist essays or Bikram yoga and meditation rituals, you’ve found the right set of shelves.
San Fran + LA = Night&Day. Edy’s places not to be missed even under a massive spotted fever.
San Francisco. Comstock Saloon drinking amazing cocktails and talking about the future.
North Hollywood. Bow & Truss drinking sangria and eating anything on their menu.
I’ve been impressed by your picture Sorry we’re open. I’m deeply with you when you say: «I wish women supported each other more. I wish we saw each other as protectors instead of threats.» According to you why sometimes, mostly at the beginning, when (we) women meet each other looks like a round of Street Fighter?
Every time there is a reason to treat another woman as a competitor – whether we are interested in the same person or project or donut – I now try to make it a priority to try harder than usual to befriend her. It’s tough to live in a world where it’s perfectly acceptable to turn hardcore bitch anytime there’s another woman on the other side of the court. And 9 times out of 10, because we are into the same things, these chicks are exactly the kind of person I want to know in this life. Supporting other women not only simplifies my life, it enhances it to the nth degree. I had to learn that the hard way but I highly recommend it.
Your personal “That’s all Folks!”.
You create your own reality. Make it a good one.