We have decided to launch a new intimate style of interview into TheAppWhisperer – the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website. We feel it is important that our community feel close to each other, as it is this support that helps us to nurture one another, gain confidence and continue to grow.
This is our twenty fourth interview, to read the others, please go here. Today, we are publishing this brutally honest and endearing interview with Rino Rossi from Alba Adriatica, Italy.
All images ©Rino Rossi
What was your childhood or earliest ambition?
I always dreamed of writing since I was a child. Poems, stories, reports – I even wanted to become a journalist!
While attending elementary school, I participated in a competition that included the drafting of a theme concerning the ‘Giro d’Italia’ which was a stop in my city. I had a special mention for this writing and was able to shake hands with a famous Italian cyclist, Felice Gimondi.
My first job was as a cashier at the cinema. On the weekends I took off the tickets and then I could watch all the movies on the schedule.
Private or State school?
I have always attended public schools, also because my parents could not afford anything else.
University or Work?
I attended a biology course at the University of L’Aquilia, but I did not pass the last two exams (on this one could then write a book…. but it is another story). In the meantime, however and since I live in a seaside resort, in the summer I have always been a waiter.
Who was or is still is your mentor?
I’ve never had a real mentor in the flesh, I have always lived in the shadow of virtual figures (musicians, actors, writers), whom I used to take as models of life.
How physically fit are you?
I am not particularly fond of physical activities and wellness but I like walking and cycling. The work I do (exactly the opposite of static work) helps to do the rest!
Ambition or talent: What matters more to success?
The answer for me is too simple. The difficulty, if anything, is to try to get the right balance between the two.
How politically committed are you?
When I was younger, I did enough, although I didn’t get too involved. Currently, given also the Italian and world situation, I am rather disillusioned. The ‘new fascism’ that is creeping into civilisation rather scares me, especially for my children.
What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?
I’d like to have an Apple Mac at peak performance, to take advantage of its enormous photographic potential in combination with the apps on my iPhone.
What’s your biggest extravagance?
I consider myself as a rather boring individual. Perhaps my biggest extravagance is eating raw lemon.
In what places are you happiest?
Absolutely in isolated and silent places. The silent nothing that surrounds me manages to make me recover harmony with myself.
What ambitions do you still have?
It is certainly difficult at my age to still have ambitions. But it is precisely in the world of my visions that I place a small part of it. Hoping to bring someone closer to my ‘artism’ is my dominant ambition!
What drives you on?
The hope. The hope that humanity will prove to be such.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
My two children aged seventeen and fourteen.
What do you find most irritating in other people?
The clever falsehood. Transparency is an increasingly rare gift, especially in the workplace.
If your 20 year old self could see you now, what would she think?
I believe that without too much immodesty, I would like… in the end I reflect what I aspired to at that age, even if very virtually
Which object that you’ve lost do you wish you still had?
I owned a Sony cassette Walkman that I used to record concerts and even simple ambient noise. A pity to have lost it!
What is the greatest challenge of our time?
Finding the right balance between environment and business, respecting the peace and dignity of all.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
It’s a question I always try to divert before I ask.. I don’t think so.
If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?
I’d give myself a 7.5. I have not finished university but I have a family and a world of playful fantasy with which to relate daily.
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