Friday, August 4, 2017

An In-Depth Interview With Photographer Rocco Basile

Q: When did you know you wanted to be a photographer?

I knew that I wanted to be a photographer from the moment my father brought home a brand new camera. I was about seven at the time, he hasn't been able to get the camera out of my hands since.

Q: Who would you say has influenced you the most?

My mother. She was also an artist, though her medium was painting. She would paint lots and lots of people, I loved to sit and watch her paint.

Q: How do you feel the power of photography can change the world?

Photography allows people to see moments that they might never otherwise see. It can change the world by bringing people closer together.

Q: What is your motivation?

I am motivated by my own passion, but also by the people around me. My friends and family keep me motivated the most.

Q: I think it's fascinating how you seem to add so many layers and so much depth into your photographs of just everyday people and their workplaces and make everything ten times as interesting. When did you notice you had such a gift?

Thank you, yes I also have always found it fascinating. That is actually one of the reasons I became a photographer. I enjoy layering in pieces of the story, trying to capture as much as possible within the picture.

Q: Do you tend to see everyone you meet in the same way you photograph them? Or are there ever people you meet who aren't as intriguing?

Everyone is more interesting when they are lit well. The lighting of the photograph is the real key. It should accent the subject, and every subject is different and requires different lighting. I have gotten used to assessing as I go and adjusting the lights as needed.

Q: Do you prefer digital or film or both?

I like digital because it allows me to take many more photographs. Of course, there is something to be said about the craftsmanship and detail that goes into film. It also takes more time and care to light the shot, because with film you can't waste a single shot.

Q: What is it that seems to be missing from photographs taken with a digital camera as compared to film?

There is a certain depth of quality that film has that just doesn't show up in digital. The plus side of digital is that you can take a lot more pictures, and therefore take more time to perfect the lighting, subject, tone, all of the things that bring a photo to life.

Q: What kind of equipment do you suggest for a blogger or a beginner on a budget who would like to take higher quality pictures to help give our readers and friends more insight into our lives?

I would suggest a DSLR camera like the Canon Rebel. Great quality, very sturdy, and affordable. It is one of my favorite cameras even today.

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