Interview: Photographer Rossella Gozio (Italia)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Rossella and I am a female portrait photographer, I like to tell the stories of women both in a dream, fairy tale and fashion way, to open a small private casket to create a series of images catapulting women into a personal story that represents and makes a magic live for a day. From models to pregnant mothers to women who want to tell their stories, I offer the opportunity to show themselves in all their beauty.
How and when did you get into photography?
"One day you will need them to tell" this my father told me when I was little talking about his photographs. My passion was born with him, my whole childhood is collected in boxes of slides, he shot, he shot continuously without having particular skills but only for the sake of telling moments. Splinters of life that I have brought with me in all my removals. Photography has always been there beside me silently waiting for its moment to come. And it came… At 25 I started posing as a model, but I felt it wasn't for me. The lens made me uncomfortable and I felt vulnerable until I met a photographer who completely changed my way of seeing photography. Her photos were great, I was great. At that moment I had a wonderful feeling and I said to myself “I want to make other women feel what I have felt, erase their fears and show how beautiful, strong and extraordinary women are. So I stopped posing and bought my Reflex. I started creating photo sets inspired by Oleg Oprisco, Kirsty Mitchell and Monia Merlo. In a short time, 3 months, a passion became a job. Today I create indoor and outdoor sets in my studio for every woman, for every age, and for every beauty.
What does photography mean to you?
For me it means Beauty. I don't like taking a thousand pictures, but like a painter, creating small paintings that tell
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Every time here I compare myself with someone asking me, "What kind of photos do you take?" the truth? I do not know, I have become defined as a dreamlike, conceptual photographer, today Fineart, but the truth is that I always shoot thinking about who I am in front of and how to capture his amazement when he sees the images
Where do you get inspiration from?
My real inspiration are the Impressionist painters and Pre-Raphaelite painters, ancient Greece, the old Hollywood style and obviously many photographers
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?
Me, my staff and my trusted make-up artist (BEATRICE BERTOLINO), the modeling agency I support (DIAMONDS AGENZIA) study each project in advance, then obviously there is always a part of improvisation that is greatly conditioned by the look we want to create. Any woman who enters my studio when she is in front of my collection of stage clothes of about 130 pieces always leaves us carte blanche to make it wonderful. From the studied make-up to the set to the dress, every detail is important to us.
Studio, on location or both?
I shoot both inside my studio and outside, in that case it is I who choose the right location, most of the time they are places that no one would choose
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I've been a professional photographer for six years now, almost seven.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I remember with a lot of love every set, every shot and every place I chose, but perhaps more than all the first two images that received the famous "Vogue" brand, I had opened my VAT number very recently, I had an entry level reflex camera and I didn't know how to use photoshop and lightroom, so it was a small but exciting recognition
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon has always been and although I have about 15 different lenses by now, the Sigma 50 fineart and the Sigma 80 finart are the ones I use exclusively.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Studying, always, never feeling like you've arrived, often the egotism of the photographer even towards colleagues can be misleading, you need to maintain a foundation of humility and be critical in your work. If photography is just passion, have fun, if it becomes a job you have to roll up your sleeves to create images not only for yourself but also for others. Never forget the heart.
What do you think of our new magazine?
A magazine that opens its doors to talents of every category, opens to knowledge is always to be praised. I have been following her for some time and I was delighted to have had this opportunity to be told and told myself
Images: Rossella Gozio Studio Images D-amaS +
Make-up artist: Beatrice Bertoloino
set with models: Diamonds Agency