We had the good fortune of connecting with Nino Batista and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nino, why did you pursue a creative career?
I don’t know that I “chose” my career, as it were. In fact, being into creative pursuits my entire life, I never saw being creative as work, or as a career. I’ve done drawing, graphic design, music, audio production, animation, website development, video and of course photography in some manner since I was a young child. As I’ve said before, I made a shift, in earnest, towards photography in 2009, at 33 years old. This was just the latest creative exploration of mine, and it turned out I gelled with it pretty quickly. In due course, I found I was decent at photography, and decided to make a real career attempt out of it. Even still, here in 2021, photography is not a “job” for me, not really. Yes, I run a business as a photographer, but I still see it as fun and creative, almost like a hobby that I truly enjoy and am passionate about. The business side notwithstanding, I finally found the creative endeavor I feel I am best at, and here I am. I intend to continue this direction in creativity as long as possible.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a photographer who focuses on creating portraiture with models, and in my case mostly female models, it is my responsibility, my very duty, to approach every project with respect, dignity and character. I feel my mission is to create work that exemplifies the celebration of feminine strength and beauty through visual sexuality. That’s not to say that “sexy” is always the focus; there are many ways to celebrate the vision of feminine beauty beyond that. And while the stigma of what I do is very much real, I work to eschew the stereotypes and stem the bias that some may view me with through the work that I create. If I can transcend these stains that are rampant in my industry while crafting works of art I am proud of, then I have succeeded.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people who have played a role in my quest to become a successful artist in photography, but if I had to really give credit to the most fundamental influence, it would have to be my father. He has been a pro photographer my entire life, literally since I was born. Even though it took me until my 30’s to get into photography seriously, I have been around it literally forever, and the influence was always there.