Our seventy ninth interview in this series of intimate interviews is with talented mobile photographer and artist Rosalie Heller from Baltimore, Maryland, United States. This is an absorbing account of a mobile photographer with great powers of observation and expression, I loved it. Enjoy!
To read the other published interviews in this series including artists, Adria Ellis, Rino Rossi, Mehmet Duyulmus, Alexis Rotella, Lou Ann Sanford Donahue, Irene Oleksiuk, Kerry Mitchell, Filiz Ak, Dale Botha, Lisa Mitchell, M. Cecilia Sao Thiago, Deborah McMillion, Rita Colantonio, Amy Ecenbarger, Jane Schultz, Anca Balaj, Joyce Harkin, Armineh Hovanesian, Kate Zari Roberts, Vicki Cooper, Peter Wilkin, Barbara Braman, Becky Menzies, Sukru Mehmet Omur, Sarah Bichachi, Michel Pretterklieber, Alon Goldsmith, Judy Lurie Whalberg, Andrea Bigiarini, Sean Hayes, Oola Cristina, Kathleen Magner-Rios, Linda Toki, Deb Field, Emilo Nadales, Lydia Cassatt, David Hayes, Jean Hutter, Frederic Deschênes, Mark Schnidman, Fatma Korkut, Fleur Schim, Rob Pearson-Wright, Dieter Gaebel, James Ellis, Marco P Prado, Jeronimo Sanz, Manuela Matos Monteiro, Bleu Chemiko, Manuela Basaldella, Stefania Piccioni, Luis Rodríguez, Marilisa Andriani (@mitrydate) Mayte Balcells (@artofmayte), Nicole Christophe, Jennifer Graham, Cathrine Halsør, Paul Toussaint, Carol Wiebe, Julie Denning, Kim Clayton (@berleyart), Karen Messick, Serap Utaş , MaryJane Rosenfeld, Paul Suciu, Susan Latty (@pause.and.breathe), John Nieto, Phyllis Shenny, Joy Barry, Max Lies Derdonk, Rita Tipunina, Violet Martins, Nizzar Ben Chekroune, Lynette Sheppard, Paul-André Hamel, Rejane Rubino, Susan Detroy and myself, go here.
All images ©Rosalie Heller
What was your childhood or earliest ambition?
I thought I would love to teach young children. I also wished there were a profession for day dreamers and cloud watchers.
My first recognition was in 4th grade. My 4th grade teacher was the first person ever in my childhood to validate me. She told me I had an innate talent and encouraged me to pursue art. I loved her.
My first job was babysitting.
Private or State school?
Public grade school.
University or Work?
I sold antiques, worked in a museum, was a local tour guide, had a massage practice..whatever paid the bills so I could support my children.
I attended Towson State University when my children started school and transferred to the Maryland Institute of Art to study photography under Richard Kirstel. I never graduated for lack of funds.
Who was or is still is your mentor?
I had two mentors. One was a dear friend Bruce Decker, an exceptionally talented and sensitive photographer and printer. My other great influence, and still to this day, Edward Weston. I got lost in his images and learned a great deal about light and shadow.
I also spent a lot of time at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore to cure bouts of depression that followed me around during my teens.
How physically fit are you?
I wish I had more energy. I’m always tired.
Ambition or talent: What matters more to success?
I value talent above all else but I think you also need lots of courage to promote your work. I struggle with the word ambition.
How politically committed are you?
I am intensely interested and vocal about todays’ political environment. I took part in the Womens’ March in Washington DC. It was the most the most exhilarating experience!
What would you like to own that you don’t currently possess?
Plane tickets to revisit India, and an iMac.
What’s your biggest extravagance?
My biggest extravagance was botox ( don’t tell).
In what places are you happiest?
Being among trees in the forest or among the red rock buttes in the American Southwest. India is a close second.
What ambitions do you still have?
I would love to exhibit in a gallery and to publish a soft cover of my work.
What drives you on?
I just can’t stop shooting and editing. It’s my life line.
What is the greatest achievement of your life so far?
My greatest achievement is having raised two remarkably strong and generous daughters.
What do you find most irritating in other people?
I have no patience for people who aren’t curious about the world and other cultures.
If your 20-year-old self could see you now, what would she think?
Look at you kid! You found your passion!
Which object that you’ve lost do you wish you still had?
The items that my mom left to me. They were taken when my house was burglarised.
What is the greatest challenge of our time?
The warming of our planet and learning to live together on this planet.
Do you believe in an afterlife?
I believe that we live many lives.
If you had to rate your satisfaction with your life so far, out of 10, what would you score?
8 working towards 9.
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