Meet Rob Sese, artist collaborator and outdoor photographer
Posted on July 14 2017
Being outdoors is about being in the moment. It’s an addicting and fulfilling feeling of unwinding and having your senses engulfed by the nature around you.
“Photography is all I want to do with my life, and I’m truly enjoying this exciting journey.” Rob Sese is originally from Chicago, IL. His love for photography began with an intro to photography course in 2010 that turned him onto a new passion. During a subsequent trip to Europe, while standing amid the splendor of Montserrat in Spain, Rob succumbed to the lure of what would become a lifelong obsession with capturing the world's beauty through a lens. Getting to know the true personality and spirit of his camera subjects inspires Rob. He’s devoted to traveling and exploring, especially in his new home in the Pacific Northwest.
His remarkable work has led him to clients as diverse as the Chicago Bulls, Alaska Airlines, Travel and Leisure, Canon, Amazon, and, JBTV Studios, among others. We had the pleasure of collaborating with Rob on a recent project and were able to get him to answer a few questions to share with our readers:
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
I’ve been pursing photographing since 2011 while also working a full-time job. I began doing full-time photography in early January 2017.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED TAKING OUTDOOR AND TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY?
In 2011 I took a trip with two friends to Europe that changed my life. When we stood atop an overlook in the Monserratt Mountains in Spain I experienced a moment of grace and peace I had to record. Two years later, a trip to the Pacific Northwest gave me so much joy in nature, I found a way to permanently move to Washington State on January 2017.
WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR WORK?
What excites me most are opportunities to travel to beautiful locations around the world to photograph my insight into my adventures. Photography is not just a creative outlet, it's a passion.
DO YOU ONLY DO OUTDOOR AND TRAVEL?
I also photograph portraits, cityscapes, concerts, and sports. My niche is outdoor and travel.
HOW WOULD YOU DEFINE WHAT MAKES OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY SO UNIQUE?
There's a unique feeling you get when you encounter incredible sights for the first time. I try to convey those emotions when I’m shooting. If I can share that awe and wonder through my photos, then I’ve done my job.
WHAT DO YOU THINK DRAWS PEOPLE SO STRONGLY TO BE OUTDOORS?
There's an indescribable emotion standing in front of a powerful waterfall or atop an overlook 3000 feet in the air. Being outside in the wild clears my mind and gives me a complex and fulfilling sensation of total peace. I bet a lot of people feel the same.
DO YOU THINK BEING OUTDOORS CHANGES PEOPLE?
Most definitely. With technology and the influx of information constantly growing, it’s easy to get trapped in the noise. Being outdoors is about being in the moment. It’s an addicting and fulfilling feeling of unwinding and having your senses engulfed by the nature around you.
DO YOU THINK IT TAKES A CERTAIN PERSON TO GO OUT INTO THE WILD? OR CAN ANYONE DO IT?
I don't think it takes a certain person. It's more about stepping out of a comfort zone. When you develop an open mind and let yourself see what the world has to offer then you’ll come into alignment with yourself.
HOW MANY SHOTS TO GET ONE YOU LIKE?
When I’m out exploring national parks I try not to over plan before I get there. I like the journey of getting lost. A lot of popular locations are heavily trafficked. I prefer finding photo ops that few have seen.
As for how many shots to get one I like… it really depends on how the light is and the time of day. I can say it takes a lot of bad shots to get one good one. It’s part of the photographer's process.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST CHALLENGE DOING OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY?
The biggest challenge shooting outdoors is the weather. Mother Nature is always in complete control. I learned patience from working in the outdoors.
WHERE IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOOT?
The astonishing Pacific Northwest is my favorite place to photograph. The incredible nature out here is endless!
WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO THAT YOU’VE NEVER BEEN TO BEFORE?
I’d love to visit Italy and Switzerland. The Dolomites and the French Alps are something I’ve been wanting to see for years.
WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY APPROACH YOUR WORK?
My work should make the viewer want to be there! I hope to encourage people to get out and travel as much as possible. It’s one of the most joyous feelings in the world.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU?
My good friend and I teamed up to start doing bigger scale, more meaningful projects here in Bellingham, WA. I’m ready to create more, travel as much as I can, and continue to grow artistically and personally.
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