October 7, 2020
IN CONVERSATION WITH ROSAMARIA FILOGRASSO
Photography by Rosamaria Filograsso
Interview by Melanie Meggs
What attracts self-taught photographer Rosamaria Filograsso to the art of photography, is it’s visionary and it’s super powers to go beyond reality. It is teaching Rosamaria to look harder at people, objects and situations, enriching her natural curiosity, hence why she thinks it fits her personality so well.
VITAMIN SEA is an ongoing personal project that Rosamaria started some years ago, adding to it every Summer when she is visiting Barletta, her childhood hometown in the south of Italy, where her parents still live today. Leaving her parents’ home has meant that Rosamaria feels a deeper and stronger affection and connection to the city that has seen her growing up and becoming an adult. As long as she can remember the sea has always been a large part of her memories.
This project portrays the positive interaction between the people and the sea in a beach environment. Somewhere on the web, Rosamaria found a quote that says: Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part of.” The sea is rooted within Rosamaria, everything she has seen and experienced over her life since day zero. It is an integral part of her culture and something that she can never tear apart from her existence. Her sea is a lively place, a bright place of joy, and as she describes, “a sort of natural vitamin supplement called VITAMIN SEA, where you are able to recharge one’s personal batteries like nothing else. Ready to make you feel alive again and full of energy.” Rosamaria achieves this in her photographs, playful and happy, impromptu geometries created by pure chance.
In this interview, Rosamaria talks to us more about this project and about the evolution of her photographic journey.