Teen Photographers – Amber Rose Ortolano

Amber Rose Ortolano, is 13 years old and currently in 8th grade. She lives in a tiny town called Hermon, is in New York.

-How and when did you start taking pictures?

I started taking pictures two years ago, when my dad brought a camera back from Iraq.

-You are quite young but your pictures have a sense of maturity and melancholy. Do you agree? What are you thinking about when you photograph?

I guess I do agree, and I have always been different from other kids my age, so I don’t really notice it as often. I don’t think when I take photographs, I just have the tight happy feeling in my stomach.

-What do you love taking pictures of?

People!!! I’ve only taken self portraits but I hope I can move onto models soon.

-You have a love for antiques and sometimes your pictures remind me of older times. How come?

My mother has always decorated with antiques, and I guess since it’s around me all the time, I’ve grown to love it and it’s easy just to go downstairs and not even set up anything for a photo, I just take it.

-Who are your favourite photographers?

Oh lord, I have so many, but some of favorites are Paolo Roversi, Marlene Marino, Frenchie-Jane, Lauren Poor, Ella Bailey, Mohammed Taheri, Olivia Bee, and so many others that I can’t remember!

-What camera do you use?

I use a nikon d40, or I use a disposable film camera sometimes.

-What will you be when you grow up?

I’m not sure, I don’t like to put labels on things but I’ d love to make films, and be a photographer, and really anything that deals with art.