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Dino Rovolis – The reality of an artist’s life
With our new series “An artist´s life.” we want to share the stories of the people behind the art.

 

“An artist´s life.”
The stories of the people behind the art
#1 Dino Rovolis

I had this interesting idea one day before I started photography. It all started because of my modeling. I didn’t always get to work with photographers to my taste, I always wanted something more. I envisioned my images to be cooler than what they were. I didn’t meet many who had a similar level of creativity as mine. What did I do? I bought a camera and figured out a way to take my own portraits. I started really enjoying the art of photography and what you can do with it.

Using myself as a canvas really helped me figure out the angles that worked best and also sharpened my eye to better understand another person’s features. I try out different poses, I think of different looks, and I scout different locations. I’ve created a kind of visual dictionary in my mind thanks to all the times I’ve photographed myself. To be honest, ideas really just flow based on what I’ve already done when it comes to shooting others. I’m more of a go with the flow type of photographer.

In life, everything and anything can go wrong at any moment so instead of planning something ‘to a T’ I just utilize what I have in that moment. My favorite type of photography setting is on location. So that already is an endless amount of inspiration and freedom to capture whatever I want, at any angle I want, using the God given light and shadow available to me. I find it very beautiful that way. Art is a true gift. When you have a creative mind, you have this urge to create.

 

“Do I think that I deserve way more recognition and way more bookings? Of course I do. Are things always so smooth with me? Of course not, but it’s ok!”

 

What’s sometimes sad is that in an artistically diluted world that we live in, not everyone gets to have that chance to shine.
Especially when people always expect things for free or promise you great exposure, if you aren’t selective, you might fall into a rut and think your work probably isn’t worth anything anyway and then just give up. Do I think that I deserve way more recognition and way more bookings? Of course I do. Are things always so smooth with me? Of course not, but it’s ok! You really have to push yourself far beyond imagination it seems and still that might not be enough to someone.

Honestly speaking, I thought I would’ve propelled so quickly doing what I do by now. My dream goal would be for companies to hire me as a model & photographer, go to a really cool location, create an editorial and basically do it mostly as a one man show. I mean it’s 2018 isn’t it? Jobs get created out of nothing, people get famous out of nothing, why would it be so unattainable for me? I just need to keep pushing through and keep that dream vivid in my mind!

I read something the other day of how people don’t really care to support artists, because they think of their jobs as more of a hobby. If you’re not making lots of money then just go get a real job, one would say. But, when you think of it, if it’s not worth supporting these people, then why does the average person listen to music, watch movies, go to different shows, museums, read books, and go shopping?

model: Somaly Sam

“Art in general adds joy to someone’s soul, and I believe instead of making this field extremely competitive and out of reach, companies should open up more jobs and help the artists of this world grow and really make a living.”

 

If you’d strip them from any means of art, their life would be so boring and dull. Art in general adds joy to someone’s soul, and I believe instead of making this field extremely competitive and out of reach, companies should open up more jobs and help the artists of this world grow and really make a living. The world we live in now may be: today I’m plain Dino, doing what I do. Tomorrow a celebrity reposts a pic of mine and I’m now ‘Dino, the sensational photographer’ and then the same people who previously rejected your work come up to you begging. Why should it be like this though?

If you’re reading this and you’re an artist of some sort, do it for you, do it for the nourishing of your soul, don’t let this dream go, because you never know what God has in store for you. Don’t let the lack of money rank your talent’s worth. Just because one person won’t pay you, doesn’t mean the other wouldn’t. Life is a struggle, but it’s also a blessing. So be true to the real you, stay consistent, and one day you will achieve what you’ve always dreamt of!

Words and Photography by Dino Rovolis
www.dinorovolis.com
@dinorovolis 

 

Selfportrait

 

 

model: Schelby Jean-Baptiste

model:  Lynn Avedikian