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World Housing: Aida Rivero Interview

Meet Aida Rivero, Aida is a Spanish architect & photographer passionate about everything related to art and design. Aida has worked for a long list of brands such as American Tourister, Tresemmé, Bombay Saphire, Happy Socks and more. She is known for creating striking visuals, colourful creations and curating a perfect Instagram feed that inspires over 85K followers daily. Learn more about Aida below…

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Aida, what was it like growing up in the coastal town of Tenerife?

Growing up in Tenerife was great. A lot of my childhood memories relate to the sea. We would spend a lot of time on the beach enjoying the sunny weather, the wind, and the salty air. Family always surrounded me.

What is it that makes the Canary Islands so unique and special?

When you look to your right and see a snow-capped volcano, then look to your left and see a sunny beach – you know you are in a special place. Tenerife is a land of contrasts, and on such a small island you can find everything.

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Does your entire family reside on the Canaries? Do you feel that living on an Island has brought your family closer together?

Yes, most of my family does reside in the Canaries. I have a few family members who have chosen to study abroad to experience something new. My family has always been close, and I feel that no matter where we lived, that would stay the same.

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Do you think that the isolation you have living in Tenerife affects family dynamics?

Those who have grown up on the Canaries often leave to study and travel. However, the people who have spent their lifetime on the Islands always come home. We are known for wanting to be on our land. It is important in our culture to spend time with family while being surrounded by the sea.

Will you tell us a bit more about the culture in Spain? Is family important in Spanish culture?

I believe that family is very important to Spanish people. We are all very connected to our families.

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What does a “home” mean to you?

Home is the place where you always want to go back to. Home is where your friends and family are. It is a place that you feel comfortable . A place of peace. A place for heartwarming.

How did growing up on the Canaries affect your sense of design and passion for art?

The life outdoors empowers you to be creative. I have always been surrounded by water and nature. I think that those factors have a lot to do with my sense of design and passion for art.

You have a unique approach to photography, an eye for colour, and the ability to capture abstract imagery. How would you describe your own personal style and who influences your work the most?

My photography is a reflection of myself and the things that I like. It includes elements of my travels, my passions, and my life. It is a way to transmit all of the beautiful things I have seen in this world. I believe there’s beauty in everything and it is important to pay attention to your surroundings. I gather inspiration from so many things, and that is what inspires me.

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In addition to your photography, you are an architect. How do the two careers combine? How do they differentiate?

I am an architect with a desire for graphic and interior design. I love everything related to art and fashion. I suppose that having these passions has educated my style into having a sensitive sense of composition when photographing.

How would you describe the architecture on the Canary Islands?

Canarian architecture is highly influenced by the Indigenous People who immigrated to America and returned here with money.

Having spent so much time travelling to other countries, how have these experiences changed your view about the demographics of the world?

Travelling is one of my biggest passions. I love getting lost with my camera. I enjoy getting to know other cities, meeting new people, and learning about different ways of living. It’s amazing how much you can learn from other cultures.

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If you could do anything, how would you give back to the world?

I would love to make people happy using my knowledge and talents in architecture or photography. No matter the situation, there is always something to do for those who are willing to help.

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Summer Series: Aaron Blatt

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Aaron Blatt is a professional photographer known for shooting both action sports and lifestyle images for brands like Nike, Vans and Burton Snowboards. Along with his bustling freelance career, Blatt is also the online senior photographer for Snowboarder Magazine. Originally reining from Boston, Massatuchetts, Aaron currently lives in Portland, Oregon. We caught up with Aaron to find out what he gets up to in the summer…
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Firstly Aaron, what do you do?

I take pictures. Primarily of snowboarding right now, but I like shooting any moments or trips surrounding lifestyle in the outdoors.Where are you from?I’m from Boston, but I just moved into Portland, OR. So much to do here!

What do you look forward to most in the summer?

The long days are the best – the sun’s out forever! There’s so many activities you can do in a day.

So many activities is right! Which summer activities do you enjoy doing most?

I like riding bikes the best. Mountain bikes, road bikes, city cruisin’ bikes. I’m down for any camping trips for the most part. I’m down to just hang in town and party and barbecue too..

Barbecue has to be the ultimate summer activity. Do you have a killer recipe you can share with us? 

I’ve never really eaten meat, so I’m pretty down for grilling vegetables – portabellas and stuffed peppers are top notch.

I also heard you’re on a futsal team this summer how did that come about?

My friends Ami & Colleen invited me to join their co-ed team this summer. I haven’t played soccer since I was 13 or so, and tonight’s the first game – I’ll let you know how it goes.

After all the activities are said and done do you have any hobbies that don’t require as much energy? 

I play guitar – love doing that.

So it is safe to say you are into music. Are there any bands or artists you’re into this summer?

Not really any new summer hits – just been listening to a bunch of old blues and bluegrass as usual… Current favorites would be Lightning Hopkins for blues, and Jorma Kaukonen for bluegrass.

View Aaron Blatt’s photography here: http://www.aaronblatt.com

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Herschel Supply: W5&H – Chris Burkard

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Already a Senior Staff Photographer at twenty-six, Chris Burkard was quick to carve a name for himself in Action Sports photography. Read about Chris below…

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1. Who are you?

I am Chris Burkard.. central California native, and bodysurf enthusiast..and love of the outdoors..

2. What do you do?

I am a senior staff photographer for surfer magazine… I shoot a lot of outdoor lifestyle, adventure, and tomfoolery for outdoor brands.. but I’m most known for my editorial style and landscape perspective.

3. Where do you live?

The small beach town of Pismo Beach.. its’ more known for clam chowder and sand dunes than perfect waves.

4. When are you most productive?

In the cold climates of the North Atlantic.. I have never been content with sipping down pina coladas in the south pacific.. and in some way I get a sick sense of accomplishment freezing my but off chasing elusive waves in freezing and remote places.

5. Why photography?

For me, photography just became the most perfect medium for expression, it honestly made the most sense.. I did a lot of art through high school , drawing, clay, paint.. but I hated being tied to a classroom or stuck with and easel on a cliff.. I wanted to be apart of the action.. so photography made the most sense.. it was like a perfect extension of my body.. I could take it in the surf, the mountains, and pretty much anywhere in between.

6. How did you get your start?

My first passion was for shooting landscapes.. that was all I cared about.. so when I first started I went to the desert southwest and just explored.. I eventually combined my passion for being in the water and bought a waterhousings and started shooting friends surfing.. I was sending images to Transworld Surf, and I had a photo editor that gave me some great feedback.. Eventually I was offered an internship.. and the rest is history.. I learned a lot from that experience.. it really made me think hard about how to actually contribute to magazines.. so I started tailoring my work towards editorial..and it made me think in terms of telling the story.

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