Fighter Girls by Viola Rolando
Viola Rolando is an Italian born, living between Rome and New York City, fashion photographer, stylist and art director. She’s determined, relentless, practical, resourceful and generous. A bit of a workaholic, and wonderer - she’s preparing a road trip to Texas (USA) - Viola’s imagery is as irreverent as her personality. ‘Fighter Girls’ is Viola’s latest fashion editorials, shot on location in Milan. Between preparing work for three clients and her next photo shoot, Viola sets out to chat with us…
Hey Viola, can you tell us about your background, did you take up photography classes?
Hi! I began as a fashion stylist, but I guess I have a strong and very personal vision, so one day I decided to buy a camera and start to shoot my own stories. I'm a self-taught photographer, but I'm sure that my background as a fashion stylist counts.
When did you first start to shoot and what and why?
I think less than 2 years ago...an editorial, published in a very nice mag. ‘Cause I wanted to test myself as a photographer.
What is your main inspiration source?
I really love street photography, reportage, people, places...I love Leon Levinstein photography, a great inspiration for me.
Now about Fighter Girls, … where were these photos taken?
The photos were taken in Milan, in a private house, a very intimate set, just me and the models.
What’s the story behind it?
I just saw the finished images and I thought that the girls had a wild and strong look in their eyes.
What message do you want to get across with this story?
No messages, just enjoy the images and the natural beauty.
Which photographer(s) do you admire and why?
What is We Are Selecters for you?
I like it! I'm very selective too.
If you were to select an emerging photographer at the moment who would it be?
A lot of new talents, is very hard to select just one. I've to research.
What’s next for Viola?
A road trip to Texas with my camera.
Select for us a must-have summer piece from our Stores.
Cecile Sweatshirt by Minka Toeth.
Photography & Styling: Viola Rolando
Models: Fan and Adrianna @ Ice Models
Special thanks to Groupies Vintage, Milan