Damien Ropero has been obsessed with still life photography for as long as he can remember. Hailing from Switzerland by way of Spain and through Paris, he was heavily influenced by the romance and excitement offered up by both luxury and mundane American products advertised in print at the time. The unapologetically capitalist, glamorous, active and spontaneous lifestyle that these images offered up inspired him to fetishize and fantasize product imagery. He uses this influence today in his shoots, specializing in making luxury goods seem whimsical, injecting a healthy dose of a wit and humor. He captures the sublime essence of the products, humanizing the goods and creating characters that appear to jump off the page to somehow improve the viewers’ lives.
Damien loves using light and shadow to capture the moment when his object can be seen being reckless, smiling, laughing or cursing as if it were a character boldly escaping a novel. His love of color and composition allows him to create moments in time where the objects are captured in a way that reflects the feeling of the viewer.
Leading an active life between New York City, Paris and wherever his surfboard, skis and camera may take him, he seems to personify the objects of his images with his quiet and mischievous sense of humor, reflecting his love of life.