Interview: Photographer Stephen Cosco
Stephen Cosco tells us about his connection and pursuit of his passion with photography and how he made it so far with his always amazing and adaptive work!
How did you get introduced and started in photography?
I’ve loved photography ever since I was young. I remember always having a disposable camera in my hand as a kid. The pictures I took weren’t anything special, but something about the process fascinated me. As I got older, I fell away from photography, but an ex- girlfriend got me back into it my senior year of high school. She bought a camera and we started shooting together around Cincinnati. It was still a while before I shot anything I would call noteworthy now, but even just shooting excited me.
How would you describe the style of your work and where would you say it comes from?
My portrait style comes from life itself. I try to find beautiful moments in life and capture them to tell their stories. While life has its ups and downs, I always tell myself to look past the negative aspects and find the good, and that is exactly what I try do with photography, especially with locations. I always try to make the best of the location and weather I’m given for a shoot, and find the hidden beauty in the environment.
How did you decide that photography was something you really wanted to invest yourself in?
I was trying to decide my major my freshman year of college. I wasn’t doing very well in a lot of my classes, and I couldn’t seem to find the right fit for me. I was becoming more invested in photography at the time, and I loved it more than anything I did at school (my college didn’t have a photography program at the time). I told myself that if I loved it, I should hold on to it as long as I could and try to turn it into a career. That’s when I started reaching out to literally everyone I knew to take their portrait and get better.
Where and how would you like to see yourself and your work grow in the future?
Right now I am a lot more focused on video than stills. Filmmaking to me is a lot more of a project. It’s more involved than most still shoots and I love seeing films coming together after all the work put in by everyone on the team. After college, I plan to have a career as a filmmaker and keep photography up on the side.
What do you believe your work does for others?
I hope that when people see my work, it will inspire them to get up and get out of their house. To take a drive, go for an adventure, and get lost somewhere. Sometimes I lose myself a little bit when I’m shooting, and thats the feeling I want to instill on others when they see my work.
What is something you learned that you live by?
Always make the best out of a given situation. Sometimes plans change, or a trip won’t be as you expected it to be, but you just have to roll with the punches and come out with something to show for it. I’m always trying to see the best in both people and life, and I feel like my photography shows that.
Any specially memorable photoshoot or experience you had that you had by being a photographer?
There was a trip that I went on recently with some of my friends. We had a hotel room booked by Lake Cumberland, and we were going to stay there while we were out on the water, exploring the lake and filming everything. When we got to the hotel, the lady at the desk wouldn’t take our booking. She said their computer messed up and didn’t register us somehow. She asked us to pay again, and we said goodbye. We just went down to the water and put the boat and jet skis in, and stayed out on the water until late at night. We ended up setting up our hammocks along the shore of the lake, and the next night we got an airbnb nearby. We managed to get some epic shots too, and the short films will be coming out soon! This is really an example of my point of playing the hand you’re dealt, making the best of what you’re given, seeing the best in things, and finding beauty through life. We found beauty through the struggle.