We had the good fortune of connecting with Samira Zuabi García and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Samira, how do you think about risk?
in Italian, we use to say “chi non risica, non rosica” that means “if you don’t risk, you get nothing. Fo me risk are unavoidable in life as in work.
We risk every day with every single decision we take, no matter the “relevance” we think they have at the moment.
I have been risking my entire life for to become an artist. Moving all over the world, working hard, sometimes without a real knowledge of what I had to do, but putting soul, heart and will into it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my artist life as painter. I studied Fine Arts in Seville, Spain. All I thought I wanted to do was to paint. But them, during the last years at school, I discovered my passion about photography. I asked for a scholarship to become also photographer and I got it. As woman in a men world, being photographer was not easy at all. For some months I accepted a position in a photographer company in Italy where all the components were males. The boss wanted from me to stay at the computer, editing the other’s pictures… I stayed for 3 months and them I quit.
With 28 I became freelance (an afraid freelance!) fighting for to be recognized.
I started painting acrylic on my own pictures, using both techniques to do new art. But just because I never had a “padrino”, a sponsor, is still difficult to me arrive to the “place” I want and deserve.
Since I was a child, also, I used to write poems and short stories. I kept writing and, at one point, for me was necessary to complete my paints and pictures with a short sentence or thought.
That’s how, at one point, I started to take seriously the writer position. in December 2017 I published my first book.
So, for me being an artist means create things, no matters the way or the art. I want be recognized as painter, photographer or writer without distinction
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I really love the Superstition Mountains. there is a magic place to spend a full day walking, taking pictures, drinking a glass of wine with your friends… You can sit at the picnic area and just enjoy the Nature colors. For to visit Galleries and to see ART, you can’t loose Cave Creek and Carefree. Lovely little places surrounded by flowers and cactus.
Stop at “El Encanto”, a Mexican canteen, to drink a margarita or to eat nachos, burritos, … Not only for the food but for the great architecture and Mexican decoration.
The Desert Botanical Garden is a must. You will learn about all the different plants and flowers you can find in a desert, you will enjoy the structure of the garden and, of course, you will take fabulous pictures at the sunset.
If you are a good driver, you must go to the Gran Canyon by your own. The trip is about 4 hours driving from Phoenix but it deserve the time! And, of course, once you are at the Canyon… wow! You will loose the word… Despite all the times I saw it on pictures, nothing can compare with the emotion of being there in flesh!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I must grate, without doubt, my parents for the support and encouragement on all my decisions. They teach me the real mean of “To Be”. Since I was a child, they pretended the most from me and my sisters but, at the same time, they believed in us as humans being. I was 10 when I sentenced in front of them I wanted to become an artist. I still remembered their faces and their answers… “ok. You can” was what both of them said.
They always believe in my capacities, despite the difficult life artist use to have.
I must thank also my very best friends, because, as my parents, they believe in me, they support my crazy decisions in a “moral” way and they always see my success despite my errors.
Facebook: Studio Fotografico Samira Zuabi