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Meet Edwin Torres and Denis Dolgopolov

Today we’d like to introduce you to Edwin Torres and Denis Dolgopolov.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
We (Edwin & Denis) are a creative duo, “RI Studio 504”, with a photo studio located in Pawtucket, RI. Each of us had a unique and quite different upbringing. When we met we were able to merge those unique character traits and skills into a creative force. Denis is Russian, with 12 years of professional experience in ballroom dancing and analytical/technical way of thinking. Edwin was growing up in the urban community in Connecticut and always had a different and rather creative approach to the challenges he faced. When we met and realized we have the same passion for high fashion and fine art photography, we also realized how much our minds complement each other. It allows us to figure out creative challenges much faster in much more interesting ways.

When we settled in Pawtucket we found out how artistic this community is. It allows us to branch out to other artists, designers, makeup and hair stylists, and many others. To add to it, Edwin is a student at the New England Institute of Technology here in RI. The school also gave him a platform and support in his exploration of creativity through photography and other digital mediums.

Please tell us about your art.
We like high fashion and fine art photography. But it seems like there is a general understanding that high fashion is always associated with the modeling industry that many other people feel they are left behind or don’t fit in. As we exploring our artistry, we find out that each person we work with has a very unique story. We take time to get to know our clients as we believe, only by building up the connection and making them be part of the creative process will produce a joyful result. In our work, our goal is to create a world where everyone can be admired. That is why we often merge high fashion and fine art into one artwork.

We find that our photography attracts people from the music industry. They are the ones who are looking for more than just a good headshot. They are looking for that fantasy world which aligns with their own creative journey. We always start by getting to know our clients. Then, when building up a story and the concept around it. How well the connection is would determine the success of the end product. Often, we have people over at our studio a few times even before we have the shoot itself. We always make detailed sketches of the concept and have working color pallets in front of us. We also make ourselves props and dresses when it is impossible to find the right ones around.

When people look at our work, we want to invite them into the world where everyone can be admired, creative and appreciated. Every person is unique and has a big story to tell, even if they don’t know how to get there. Our goal is to make that process easier for them.

Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
The main advice is to stay focus on learning and exploring the creative process. It is also important to devote time to gain technical knowledge about the medium you are working with. It brings so much more variety to your creative process. There are so many free tutorials online from the best artists for on any medium. Push your imagination on how to use your resources in a most creative and cohesive way with a meaning and story behind. In our work, we often don’t have a budget to buy tons of flowers but learning tools and techniques on how to digitally create them help us a lot. Same way, if we are unable to make an expensive dress, we learn how to use digital tools in our favor.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Today, the main platforms where people can see our work are all social media and music platforms such as Spotify where artists put their album and single covers. Our work also can be found in local Rhode Island magazines where local fashion designers being published.

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