Beatriz Elena Rodriguez is a Colombian-born artist raised and currently living in Queens, NY. She works with black and white film as a medium of expression for her critical observations of social norms and stigma. Her attention to the work of these forces in any environment is a call to action: images that aim to change the world by letting us see in a new way.
Beatriz's love for analog began in 1983 upon discovering a Canon A1 on a Flushing Meadows Corona Park bench. After a 15 year hiatus traveling, making music, and dancing flamenco, she returned to her old friend and re-entered the darkroom. In 2008, she upgraded to a Hasselblad 500C. The change forced her to slow things down. With the help and support of CUNY at Queens College's Art Department, Beatriz has been able to work on a series of environmental portraits. Her latest project involves traveling to eastern Long Island for a landscape series using the Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5.
Every so often, she'll break out a digital camera and study color - a truly enlightening experience. (photo credit: Orestes Gonzalez, 2016)