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Rob Ratz: Profile + Interview

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Rob Ratz: Interview

 

The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

Inspiration: Believing in something, Working as hard as you possibly can to follow your dreams and accomplish your goals. Salvador Dali is a huge inspiration to me, as well as Atiba

Passion: Extreme love and dedication towards something that you care about. Skateboarding for me is something I’m extremely passionate about.

Strength: My mother is the strongest person I know

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

21 year-old, student/bar/event photographer, skater kid who is attending Fanshawe College, studying Business Marketing, finished photography, trying to start a clothing company with a a good friend named Xander Gamelo, who is an amazing artist. Basically an artist myself.

Why do you do what you do?

Inspired by all forms of art, huge passion for skateboarding, to capture the moments that make memories

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I’ve always been a guy behind the lens of a camera, starting from videos and then ending up with photography. Also having interest in clothing and fashion has sparked my idea and thought of staring a clothing line.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

All of my photography gear, and laptop was stolen in the year 2012 while I was attending school. 15” Retina display Macbook, Nikon D90, 10.5mm fisheye lens, 50mm lens and an 18-105mm lens was all stolen. Had to pay back the school for a Macbook and buy a new camera.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

All of my friends inspire me everyday, I’m lucky enough to have a really good group of friends that surround me, but skateboarding is seriously something that has definitely kept me from going insane haha.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

Too many to count/list

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

Whole summer’s worth of nice weather, skateboarding, partying, concerts, trips, videos, all needing to be documented. Drop the first collection of items for the clothing line.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

Any goals or dreams that you have, get up and live them. You can accomplish anything that you put your mind to. Be in control of your own life.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Experience as much as you can!

 

Rob Ratz: Profile

 

Full name

Rob Ratz

Age

21

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Toronto, Ontario

Where you live now? (city, country)

London, Ontario

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Germany

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Bar/event/skateboard photographer, sales associate at West 49

How long have you been doing it?

4 years photographer experience

Fav Song

At the moment, Blessed – Schoolboy Q ft Kendrick Lamar

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Colours, Schoolboy Q too many artists/genres to list here

Fav Movie

Wolf of Wall Street

Fav Actor/Actress

Denzel Washington/Meghan Markle (Rachel from Suits)

Fav Clothing brand

10 Deep, Stussy

Fav Visual artist/photographer/videographer

Photographer: Atiba Jefferson/Visual Artist: Shepard Fairey (Obey Designer)

Fav Sport to watch

SKATEBOARDING/NBA basketball

Fav Sport to play

SKATEBOARDING

 

 

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