The INTERVIEW: Nino Batista & Josie Fox
One of our favorite things to do is host educational workshops. We've hosted many great photographers and filmmakers, and are happy to welcome Nino Batista and Josie Fox to Grand Rapids as a part of their 2018 Workshop Tour! While we'll be adding more information as we get closer to the workshop date, we thought we'd let you get to know Nino and Josie a little better with our new series 10 Questions for a Photographer/Model.
1. What aspect of your photography/modeling initially distinguished you in your genre?
Nino: Sensual, well crafted, well edited and tasteful editorial glamour images.
Josie: My ability to take on any role that was given to me and transform myself into the artwork the photographer envisioned. As a model you lend your body and appearance for images but it's not just that simple, it's an emotional balance of acting, feeling, and modeling to create and show emotions through your eyes, lips, hands and body. To be able to truly transform to that role takes something more. As a photographer I try to find that something special I notice in the person and bring that out in them. I want them to see the beauty through my eyes. Many times over I have heard that I accomplish just that. That I am able to capture their soul in the image unlike others. That sets me apart from others. I want more from the image than just a pretty picture. I want to always evoke emotions no matter what side of the camera I am on.
2. What other types of work do you do?
Nino: Erotica photography, glamour video production, retouching, tutorials, workshops, writer for photography publications.
Josie: As much as I love modeling I have found a passion in photography, as well as cosmetology. The best part is that all three passions of mine intermix quite well and frequently in this business. Sometimes I play the role of all three when creating an image which is hard but extremely fun.
3. Do you find inspiration from other photographers/models, tutorials, music, movies or something else entirely?
Nino: Usually other photographers and films, yes. But, also just simple experimentation which keeps things from getting boring.
Josie: Absolutely. I find inspiration from other artists both models and photographers. A lot of my ideas come to me rather easily but I also look to others. I look at top of the line models and photographers as inspiration to where I want to take my work. With so many talented people in the industry the sky is the limit with it all.
4. Why is photography important? Does it go beyond art? Do you have social/political responsibilities as a photographer?
Nino: All art is pointless, but necessary. Without art, we have nothing but linear questions and answers in life – who, what, when, how. But art helps us answer the hardest one of all: "Why?" Being totally pointless to human existence but critical to human experience, art is difficult to define, but easy to see.
Josie: Memories stay only as long as the person holding on to them. Images will always outlast those memories for years and years to come. Artistic pictures take it even further. It's the gift of creating a masterpiece with a moment in time that will stay longer. As an artist you evoke emotion, create memories and you can choose the message you send to the world. I choose to empower women through my work.
5. Who is your most influential historical photographer? (think Arbus, Adams, Parks, Stieglitz etc.) What about their work speaks to today's audience?
Nino: Unsure, as honestly most of my influences are from recent decades. At least, direct influences in my work. Such as Ales Bravnicar, Jarmo Pohjaniemi, etc.
Josie: To be honest not one historical person in photography has influenced me. The people who influenced me in my line of work are the ones I have worked with, learned from, failed with, succeed with. They are the ones who have taught me what I know and have help me become who I am. I know I should study the historical aspects of photography but with so much rich knowledge at my fingers from when I first started to now, I have been spoiled with the knowledge of thousands of amazing souls in person and not through books or lectures or readings.
6. What cause motivates you? What's your 'why'?
Nino: Simply, to see beauty and sensuality. It's hardly a cause, but it makes me pick up my camera.
Josie: My inner self is the most motivating thing I have ever encountered. I am not a person to settle and I love to push myself. I enjoy setting goals for myself. I love to compete with myself. Myself is truly my driving force with everything I do. And why? Because I am a badass warrior who doesn't settle ha ;)
7. Often, we feel a favorite quote provides some perspective. What's your favorite quote (preferably about photography)?
Nino: "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." -- Picasso
Josie: My favorite quote I heard which applies to everything I do is: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that wont work.
8. Many changes in social media/marketing have occurred in the last decade. Do you expect the next decade to be as volatile or more-so and why?
Nino: In 1917, the automobile was still brand new, and a lot of them made no practical sense. They were badly made, all things considered, and as people found out what they needed from cars, and what they hated, cars evolved rapidly. Social media is just as new, and will change at even faster speeds as the world figures out what it all means, how to best use it, and why. Expect tons of insane changes in the next decade.
Josie: Yes and no. It's always evolving but in a way it has become a better platform for us artists to promote our work. Yes, in some aspect the industry is now oversaturated but the good ones stand out.
9. What's your insta?
10. What big project/event/workshop are you working on right now and how is it different than what you've done before?
Nino: Working with two experienced instructors in a workshop is not new for me, but working with another instructor who is a model definitely is. We are providing an instructional resource for attendees that has not been seen before, or at least very often. Best of both worlds!
Josie: This year Nino Batista and I have come together to do educational workshops all around the U.S. It's different and unique from his other classes and way different then the ones I've done before. We are both talented people with an amazing abundance of knowledge to share with the industry. I think it's going to be pretty epic and I am beyond excited for this. #2018tour
We're looking forward to hosting both Nino and Josie this summer. Make sure to check the eventbrite page for the workshop for further info and how to sign up. Nino's workshops are high demand and we typically see a lot of early sign ups. As our goal is to always learn, always improve, we can't be more excited to host this incredible weekend of fun and education. We hope to see you there!