Enzo Iriarte: a college dropout who graduated in life
Hi Enzo,what is your morning routine today?
Woke up, shaved my head and had a shower, and then just came to the store. I’ve found myself craving those walks to connect with myself in search of a different kind of inspiration.
So, how is 2022 treating you so far?
Yeah, I would say good and very productive. Since the beginning of 2022, I have been very busy with two projects that I´m looking forward to. The first one is the push of Le Rejeté and her Silhouette.
Apart from that, I am working on the relaunch of Kiss N Kill, the clothing brand which I started back in 2018. Based on all the gained experiences over the past years, everything finally falls into one place, and I can’t wait to share it with the world.
What and how were your first work experiences?
During my bachelor's, I started taking pictures with two friends from my class. From the moment I started to post my work online and big brands started approaching me. I started to work with Brandy Melville, and the great thing was that they reposted my work which gained into more audience and more validation. From that moment, brands started hitting me and vice versa I reached out to more brands. I started connecting with more people. It was a slow process, but it worked.
When did you know that photography was really your passion?
Actually, photography was not really my plan. So, I have been a musician for my whole life. I started playing the piano when I was 6 years old. I used to watch all these videos from the bands that I liked, and I thought these video’s look cool and I started thinking wow I kinda wanna try this as well. In Milanuncios, it’s a small second hand shop, I found a really really cheap camera, I got it, and that's was the moment it all started.
Let’s talk about Barcelona. What makes Barcelona home to you?
Barcelona feels like home, because I started photographing here. I grew up in a small town outside Barcelona and when I moved in the city everything was new, fresh and massive.
Party’s everywhere, bars everywhere, so many influences and different cultures. In the end, I have got to know lots of people, because there are different aspects going on here. Getting the chance to know them and talk to various people and see people’s different perspectives, is a blessing. So that I can learn from all I hear and all I see, all the stuff that´s in my head, and get my own vision which is cool.
Who inspires you and why?
I don’t specifically follow people. I simply get inspired from everything that I see around me. It can be inspired by anything from nature, or a particular community of people.The key is opening your eyes and seeing it.
Besides that, my friends and family inspire me a lot. I’m glad that my circle is full of creatives, we always share and push each other to succeed. We don’t take it from the competition or the negativity perspective. We are just one team and family.
How was working with the model and celebrity Tina Kunakey?
It is a crazy story. I was spending lots of time in Madrid with friends, working on Kiss and Tell. There was a moment when we just were thinking out loud to do cool stuff to meet and connect with inspiring people. So, we came up with the idea to do a co-branding trip, and why not shoot the shot with Tina. We sent her an Instagram direct message, with in the back of our mind, that she most likely will not respond.
However she did, and we spent ten days in Cuba, shooting and had the best, best time and became very close friends. Even back in Madrid, we remain very close, she always credited my work, modeled for Kiss n Kill and even set up a shoot with her boyfriend Vincent Cassel in Paris. A few months later, his manager contacted me that a magazine wanted to publish those pictures, which was amazing.
Obviously we know you as a photographer, recently you’re also a musician know as Hersilhouette ? Do you prefer one over the order?
I would say it's just both different parts of me. When I take pictures, people kind of see my work from my perspective.
But when I am singing, producing or writing my music, people get to see a lot more of me and from my inside, thoughts and feelings.
When I dropped my album last November ‘’Photographs’’, I felt so happy to finally be able to do what I like the most and be able to cross that barrier.
What does Rowdy mean to you?
It’s an inspiring concept. I like how Rowdy is bringing all creatives together. Honestly I think that there should be more projects or platforms like this. It pushes artists to create, and it gives us a podium. In the end, I am not even close to being a big artist. Not a lot of people know me, so I really appreciate getting this validation, which supports me to promote my work.
Paint a picture of us, how you would like your future to look?
Hopefully actually like this, just getting more money so that I can connect with more people, and create more excited projects. Other than that, I am very happy and content with my life. I just want to continue shooting and producing with bigger artists and because the picture of my work is getting bigger as well.
Interview by Noémi van ´t Lam