Stunning! Graphic! Interesting! Those are just a few of the diverse mix of words that have been used to describe the work of renowned Visual Artist, Photographer and Videographer, Rey Paul Rodriguez (founder of the Mind of Rey Rey). But a look into the mind of the artist, better known simply as Rey Rey, reveals a depth that could well go beyond mere descriptions and accolades.

A visit to his website, TheMindOfReyRey.com, is likely to leave you with a sense of mystery; you’re never sure what to expect next. In between his gift for telling vivid stories through strong images and portrayals of the co-existence of dark and light, Rey Rey has continuously raised the bar with his knack for capturing and creating.

There is nothing conventional about his pieces, yet the Florida-based Master Photographer has seen his work grace the pages of many mainstream publications and websites, as well as attract viewers at numerous exhibitions around the world.

Perhaps an ode to a famous saying by Pulitzer Prize winner, Mary Oliver, about darkness also being a gift — Rey Rey’s work not only reflects his embracement of the dark side, but the ease at which he’s able to depict the lighter side of almost every subject. That’s possibly the main reason why the short filmmaker and poet has been able to make a name for himself in the rough and tumble world of mixed martial arts (MMA).

Over the past few years, Rey Rey has made his presence felt within the MMA circuit as a celebrity photographer, after being drawn to the sport initially as a practitioner himself of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Since then, Rey has captured everything from crunching clashes and fearless fights to friendly face-offs and sparring sessions. Not only that, his artistry has also been responsible for outstanding backdrops in numerous MMA fight scenes, fighter portraits and group shots.

As he continues to explore the darker side of life and merge it with the light, Rey Rey is adding new dimension to one of the fastest growing sport disciplines in the world. His growing MMA collection of videos, perfectly timed photographs, and eye-catching artwork can be viewed on his website, along with his various social media accounts.

So, let’s take trip into the enigmatic and endsville world of Rey Rey Rodriguez’ dark, yet beautiful photography:
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Yoel Romero (UFC Fighter, 2000 Olympic freestyle wrestling silver medalist).

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Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (UFC Heavyweight Fighter, former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, former Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion, and former Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion) and Gleison Tibau (UFC Fighter).

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Left to Right: Valdir “BBMonstro” Araujo and Ruben “Dade County Crippler” Alvarez.

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Left to Right: Dan Lambert (Owner of American Top Team) and UFC Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler (UFC Welterweight Champion).

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Do-Nato Arroyo Valera Teano and Michael Johnson (MMA Fighter).

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Brad “One Punch” Pickett (UFC Fighter).

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Ramon Garo (Bushido Knights Ryu MMA Fighter).

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Marcelo Garcia (Universally known as the pound-for-pound best BJJ grappler in the world) teaching a seminar for Century MMA.

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Ricardo Libório (BJJ Legend, Head instructor & Co-founder of American Top Team) and Antonio ‘Bigfoot’ Silva (UFC Heavyweight Fighter, former EliteXC Heavyweight Champion, former Cage Rage World Heavyweight Champion and former Cage Warriors Heavyweight Champion).

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Ricardo Libório (BJJ Legend, Head instructor & Co-founder of American Top Team) and Steve “Bear” Mocco (2008 Freestyle Wrestling Olympian, 2x NCAA D1 Champion, MMA Fighter, and American Top Team Wrestling Coach).

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Katrina “Kitty” Hambrick and Anthony Lawyer.

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Left to Right: Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (Bellator Fighter, Rizin Heavyweight GP Champion, Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion) and Uncle Louie (Entertainment Impresario)

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Hector Lombard (UFC Fighter, Olympic Judoka).

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Hayder Hassan (UFC Fighter, Ultimate Fighter Competitor).

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Left to right: Do-Nato Arroyo Valera Teano and Michael Johnson (MMA Fighter).

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Garrett G-Money Holeve.

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Junior JB (American Top Team Davie BJJ Player) and Michael Johnson (MMA fighter).

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Ramon Garo (Bushido Knights Ryu MMA Fighter).

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Ramon Garo (Bushido Knights Ryu MMA Fighter).

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Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (UFC Lightweight Contender) training at American Top Team.

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Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier (UFC Lightweight Contender). and Gleison Tibau (UFC Fighter).

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Ricardo Libório (BJJ Legend, Head instructor & Co-founder of American Top Team) and Marcelo Garcia (Universally excepted as the pound-for-pound best BJJ grappler in the world).

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Left to right: Uncle Louie (Entertainment Impresario) Bruce Buffer (UFC’s Voice of the Octagon), Uncle Louie, Gabriel Osceola (Secretary, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida).

 

More info on Rey Rey Rodriguez:

www.TheMindOfReyRey.com

Instagram.com/themindofreyrey

twitter.com/themindofreyrey

Facebook.com/themindofreyrey

vine.co/themindofreyrey

snapchat.com/add/themindofreyrey

LinkedIn.com/in/themindofreyrey

Google.com/+themindofreyrey

imdb.me/reyreyrodriguez