We love art but haven’t you ever wondered what makes a person goes in to making such amazing creations? Well, I had the opportunity to interview Rocco Basile. Like me, Rocco is a New York Native and I am so happy to showcase him on The Mommy Cooler.
Rocco Basile is a professional photographer based in Los Angeles, as well as a New York native. We were interested in how he began his career, and what inspirations kept him going even when times were rough. He sat down with us to answer a few questions about himself and what got him into photography.
1- What made you become a professional photographer?
I knew I wanted to be a photographer when I was a boy. It started out as a hobby, something my father and I enjoyed doing together. As I grew up it became more. I realized that I had a true passion for photography, it was a part of me now. When I realized that I decided to pursue a career as a professional. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but I couldn’t see myself doing anything else for the rest of my life.
2- Did you know you always wanted to take pictures in Fine Art Photography?
I didn’t know it would be Fine Art necessarily, but I knew how much I loved photography. I saw it as an art form, a way to express myself. As my relationship with photography grew… I began to appreciate the art aspects more and more. I suppose you could say my standards kept rising as I kept learning more about photographs… That’s when I decided to take stylized, fine art photos. I needed something that would bring me satisfaction in my art, and this was the best way for me to do it.
3- Do you have a favorite place or person to take your pictures?
Well, we have many great photographers at our studio. We also offer classes and workshops to help aspiring young photographers. As far as a favorite place to take pictures, I would definitely say New York. I grew up there, and it was one of the first places I ever took photos of. There is something magical about New York… the hustle and bustle of the people. The tall buildings reaching up into the sky. Not to mention the types of people I would come across. Everyone there has a unique look and personality. I love to capture those people and moments in pictures. In a way, I hope these photos help show how diverse but yet similar we all are. I want to bring people together with my pictures, and at the very least teach them something.
4- What would you tell a person who wants to be a professional photographer?
I would tell them to go for it. If they are passionate and hard working then they will definitely succeed.
5- Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist, as far as famous photographers go, would have to be Ansel Adams. His work in black and white is what inspired many of my own black and white photographs. I was exposed to his art as a child. My father also loved Adam’s work and had them displayed around our home.