I was born in Texas and grew up in Texas and Alaska. I studied painting and graphic design in Austin, joined the Army and lived in Germany for two years where I pursued painting along with my military duties. After leaving the Army I moved around between Texas, California, Minnesota and Virginia, working as a graphic designer and eventually ending up in Dallas. I’m now a freelance photographer and photojournalist specializing in event, editorial and assignment photography. I am also a volunteer photographer for the American Red Cross.

www.rbostickphoto.com

when and how did you become interested in Photography?

I suppose my interest began when I was an intern at the Austin Chronicle. Martha Grenon was the art director at the time and she assigned me to the darkroom where I operated the process camera and developed halftones and line art to be used in the paper. I have always used a camera as a tool for my painting and design work but it wasn’t until five years ago that I started concentrating on photography as my sole means of expression, and when I found myself in the press-pool for then senator Clinton’s Democratic Primary rally at Fair Park I decided to make photography my vocation. Now it’s a full-time job and I love every minute of it!

what gear do you mainly shoot with?

I primarily use a Canon 400D (yes, I need to upgrade) with a 50mm 1.8 lens for about 80% of what I shoot. I have a Sigma A7 and a Yashica Electro 35 for film, but in the end, I’ll use my phone-camera if it means getting the shot.

what is your #1 source of inspiration?

People and specifically my wife.

many times photographers find themselves with a full schedule of paying gigs, ending up with little time for doing the work they truly love. Do you struggle with finding time for your personal work?

For the most part I consider my paying gigs personal work so I guess there’s not much of a struggle. I would like to get back to doing studio nudes, hopefully my “paying gigs” will subsidize that.

what is your all time favorite genre to shoot (portraiture, conceptual, documentary, commercial, etc..)?

Again I would have to say people, how they look, where they go, what they do, how they behave, what they eat and so on. I’m fascinated by what makes us uniquely human and the stories that result.

do you have any upcoming shows or events you want our readers to know about?

I have a couple of things in the works but nothing anytime soon.

what is the one thing you feel makes your style or your work unique?

I’m not sure if I can judge what makes my work “unique” but I can say that I’ve learned to shoot in hostile lighting conditions long enough to get what the editor needs.

if you could photograph anyone, (past/present/future), who would it be and why?

Martin Luther, just to to see if I could get him to smile.

what’s your dream photo field trip?

A three month excursion heading to the East and coming home from the West.

what’s your post production process?

I try to get as much right “in-camera” as I can, then Lightroom for color/exposure adjustments. I use Photoshop only for sharpening or if retouching is needed or requested.

if you had unlimited resources to purchase any type of camera, what would it be and why?

A Leica M9. I hear Leica makes good cameras.

who are your favorite photographers and why?
Off the top of my head: Robert Capa, Ron Haviv, Chris Weeks, Helmut Newton, Severin Koller, Jeff Dunas, Jeanloup Sieff, Dorothea Lange, Gene Dailey…the list could go on & on…I think it’s the connection they make (one way or another) to their subjects that interests me.

what has been the shining moment of your career thus far? (or, describe your “big break”)

Recently it was being chosen to photograph the largest Alba truffle in North America (thanks to Steven Doyle and Chef Chad Bowden) Shooting for the Red Cross has and will always be a series of shining moments.

do you have any tips/tricks or advice for amateur photo nerds who are looking to shoot full time or students who are just starting out?

Figure out what you like to shoot and shoot it until you like something else. Don’t get hung-up on “gear”, learn the rules of your craft, get a handle on them, shoot with what you have and go from there. What you bring to a camera is the important thing. Give yourself “assignments” and try not to miss deadlines. Read, go bowling, write poetry, make meaningful relationships, never stop learning, sleep when you’re dead…
Daniel Kagle gave me the best advice ever: “Find the light, find the moments… the rest will be easy.”

what’s the soundtrack to your life and/or your favorite music to listen to while editing?

Ennio Morricone’s “Fistfull of Film Music” … my favorite music while working varies from Kenny Rogers to Eminem & I’m often listening to Podcasts of “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”.

what’s your favorite hang (when shooting or not)?

I don’t stay still enough to have a favorite.

best chow (meal/snack) to get you ready for a shoot? or best way to celebrate a brilliant capture?

Red Bull and a cigarette for both.

will you share with us one of your favorite shots?

One of my favorites is this photo I took at a 5 alarm apartment fire in Dallas, I think I was able to show not only the human emotion and compassion involved, but to also illustrate the role of the Red Cross in disasters local or abroad.

your favorite photo by another photographer?

Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” is the first thing that comes to mind. I can remember seeing this image in a book (Family of Women I think) when I was a kid and it always stuck with me.

do you have a favorite / lucky item of clothing, outfit or uniform that you like to wear when shooting an important assignment or project?

I always seem to wear one of three shirts but other than that no.

are you a photography nerd or a camera gangsta?

Gangsta’! I’m not smart enough to be a Nerd.

what’s your sign?

Taurus

who would you like to see interviewed by photopolus next?

She recently moved to Austin but I would love to see Kate Wurtzel interviewed. I think she does some amazing work http://www.katefotos.org/




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