There so much I wanna say.
Rick Ochoa was a 41 year old artist in NYC, he was an amazing photographer and even better friend. He showed kindness and generosity to anyone whose path crossed his. His death has effected so many people.
I first worked with Rick almost 4 years ago, I was still fairly green to modeling but I guess he saw something. Our first shoot I would honestly say was more a miss then a hit, but that was mostly my fault. In the beginning I thought I needed to be what other people wanted me to be.
After alot of inward contemplation I looked at Ricks work again with more desertion and thought about how his work reflected him.
I told Rick what I thought about his work, If you knew him, you knew Rick was a spaz, he had a million thoughts a minute and had a hard time resting on a single thing and his job was hectic and stressful (although he loved it)
Ricks work was this: He capture, this quiet gentle moments, he was drawn to women who had a mystery to them. Beguiling in nature. My favorite work of his was the wisps of hair, the gentle focus. He captured the gentleness, the beauty that everyone possessed. He could find the beauty in everyone. I think he found his peaceful moments through being a photographer, I think he emulated the quiet peace he wanted in his life, as apposed to the chaos that his mind often was, not in the sense that he was troubled, but in the sense that I think he had so much more to tell us and share with us, but finding the right way was hard.
Rick hugged me tightly after I told him what I thought of his work, “It’s the nicest thing anyones every said about my work”
Rick was nothing short of spectacular and the loss of him not only is a loss to the community but to his friends and family.
Anyone who had the chance to work with Rick or even just to talk to him, my heart goes out to you.
This hurts so much and I can’t stop thinking about all the time I spent with him, all the laughs, the food, the whiskey. Wishing I had more time with but so happy I got what I did.
please go enjoy his amazing work
Celebrate his memory by doing the things you love to do.
"All we have is time and then it’s gone"
I fucking miss you dude.