My name is Massimiliano Rastello. I am Italian and I am 32 years old. I'm an artistic photographer who became a microstock producer.
I started photographing as a kid, when only analogue cameras existed, and over time I transformed my passion for photography into a career. This transformation is still ongoing, and I don’t think it will ever stop, given how big the world of photography is.
Chronic fatigue syndrome
My life has been full of satisfaction, but also plenty of obstacles. First of all, my health, because since I was a child I have suffered from a problem called chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). This syndrome is a systemic, chronic and severe disease characterized by:
- a deep tiredness
- cognitive dysfunction
- sleep alterations
and other symptoms that are worsened by any effort I make. (For more information, read Wikipedia.)
Luckily for me, the symptoms have not always been so heavy. For some periods, the illness has given me a little space. But in the last two years, while I was taking the right steps to go from being just an artistic photographer to becoming a microstock producer as well, it has come back strongly, putting a spoke in my wheel.
Not having concentration, very often I couldn't do much. But I never thought about giving up everything.
I slowed down my production (a lot, actually) but I still persevered. I'm accumulating the thousands of shots I made when I was better, passing the selections to those agencies that request them, and managing my social networks at the same time. I have accounts on:
- 500px (watch my photos on 500px)
- Instagram (@maxrastello)
- Viewbug (watch my photos on Viewbug)
I need them to create my reputation and continue to be an artistic photographer. But the point is:
Have the results arrived?
Yes, indeed. Slowly, given the slow pace of work, but it’s still encouraging.