Interview: Photographer Alessandro Rossi (Italy)
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Tell us something about yourself
Hello everyone, my name is Alessandro Rossi, I’m 31 years old and I was born in Ortona, Italy. I live and work as a portrait photographer in Rome since 2015. Before that I was a full-time sales-associate in sport clothes and shoes
How and when did you get into photography?
Photography has always generated great interest in me, from an early age, although I got approached mainly only in recent years.
I get more into photography since 2013.
After purchasing my first DSLR Camera, I started immediately studying photography techniques in any way possible: books, video tutorials, workshops, and working with photographers.
I started photographing landscapes, afterwards I had some work-experiences in any kind of genres: from portraits to reportage, from ADV’s to Sports (cars). I later found myself more interested in the ‘’art of lighting’’ and in the portrait and fashion photography, which has quickly become my main photographic style.
What does photography mean to you?
For me, photography is essentially convey an emotion through a picture, through a personal interpretation of reality through what I see with my own eyes, capturing unique moments and trying to make the ordinary, extraordinary.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
As a ‘’Portrait photographer’’, I’m using off-camera flash in my works for several years and I’m a huge fan of the Strobist-techniques, which almost always use in my shoots to control and '' build '' my light and make the most of my subject’s lighting.
For me it is very inportant seek a sort of ‘’connection’’ with the subject, to search for the most important thing: convey an emotion.
I am a big fan of contrasts, lines and geometries, I always look at these! ;)
I like to shoot wide open, I like small depth of field, I prefer to use long focal lengths (my favorite focal length for portraits is 135mm), I like always experimenting for a new lighting set-ups.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I try to take inspiration observing my surroundings, to photographic exhibitions, observing and analyzing many images, studying, following those who are more clever than me, I think there is always something to learn from everyone!
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I would like first of all that my image transmit something in the viewer, then the best possible light, pose and composition.
Studio, on location or both?
For my style, I prefer to shoot on location rather than in a studio.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I consider myself a '' semi-professional '': I did several jobs for several clients and often I am contacted for a paid job. Although I am aware that this is a very difficult field work-wise, I'm trying to go my way.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
One of my favorite work is a fashion-style shoot in a fantastic urban venue: a modern building in Rome, where I shoot one of my best picture: there was a lot of lines and shapes and geometries, that I love.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
One of my favorite modern photographer is Karl Taylor, impressive teacher and photographer: from him I found a lot of inspiration and learned a lot, thanks to its tutorials, and he has the style similar to that one day I would love to have, but there are many photographers who appreciate and that I follow: Joe McNally, Steve McCurry, Joel Grimes, Andrè Brito, Giovanni Gastel, Sylvio Testa, my mentor and my best friend Alex Comaschi (he is one of my biggest inspirations) so.. the list is really really long!
I am very attracted by representing the female beauty in my shots.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I currently shoot with a Canon EOS 6D, my frequently used lens is the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II, but I really love my 50 1.2 L.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
After having just purchased only the basic equipment to shoot: study, study, study; practice practice, practice!
The camera does not do the photo, but the photographer, the equipment is only a means that helps the expression of the vision of an image.
Have a knowledge of light and extremely thorough in your equipment, so that you will soon forget the technique and just focus on what really matters most of all in photography: content and emotion.
Do not feel never arrived, but accepts constructive advice, always with humility. Showing always open sharing the knowledge. Search for your style and always committed to the maximum to improve yourself as a photographer.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I like very much! It 'very well organized and within it you can find many pictures of very good photographers!