Raico Rosenberg was born and raised in Tenerife, a small island with a dominating multicultural environment and home to some of the most photogenic and uniquely diverse landscapes in the world. Growing up he spent a great deal of his free time outdoors and so became instantly fascinated and drawn by the raw beauty of this natures garden of Eden.
Photography coaxed Raico's curiosity from an early age, instantly becoming attracted to the fact it enabled his creativity to flow in a special way. Unfortunately his peers deemed photography to be an expensive hobby and an academic career far more important so for some time photography was pushed aside but not forgotten. During that time he experimented with the kodak advantix system. Then finally in 2008 he took the jump to a proper SLR camera as digital photography had become affordable.
Throughout his life in Tenerife, Raico always felt a bit frustrated at the lack of decent imagery of the islands that reflect this endless natural beauty he perceived. Most photographs of the island where postcard shots of common places. There was so many hidden treasures waiting to be captured. In 2010 he met Michael Bolognesi
, a veteran concert photographer from the late 80s. Michael was now a successful restaurateur but hadn't forgotten his passion for photography. It wasn't long till Landscape photography quickly became their big obsession, documenting all this natural beauty and both undertook many projects, perfecting their skills dramatically. It was during this time that public response to their work soared and so did their motivation to continue their exiting photographic journey.
In September 2012 Raico took part in the Ten-Diez
photography movement in the south of Tenerife exhibiting some of his best pieces of work. There he held a successful photography workshop on “Filters in landscape photography” with an attendance of +75 people.ARTIST STATEMENT
My objective is to create Fine Art landscape photographs, images that are both artistically inspired and technically excellent. A camera creates an historical document that is not always visually interesting. Technique without art is cold and uninviting, while art without good technique prevents the viewer from truly enjoying the work. My efforts are to artistically document the natural.
The dramatic images I create are my natural response to the intrinsic power and glory of Tenerife's magnificent terrain and amazing light. Successful landscape photography is all about patience and quality of light. Whilst we can’t necessarily predict light quality, half the battle is simply being there with a camera when conditions look promising. I enjoy examining details of a scene. When something begs attention, instinct tells me to look at it more carefully. I evaluate the lighting, search the viewfinder for distracting objects, and look for the most favourable angle. Landscape photography sounds inherently relaxed, but even scenes that seem static are in flux and one must press the shutter release lest they get away. I want viewers to feel they are looking at a moment that was spared from its destiny as an unrecorded memory, and to do it in a way that is pleasing to look at. I also want the scene to produce an emotional response in others like it did for me.
Photography feeds my soul.