Interview: Photographer Ania Kosik (Poland) Winner of the month
Tell us something about yourself I am a person who appreciates the beauty surrounding us. I graduated the Academy of Fine Arts and at this moment I live in Poland. There is not a day that I do not think about photography. I am also graphics designer and illustrator.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started taking pictures for real, ten years ago, when I got my first amateur digital SLR camera. At first I fall in love with photomanipulations but as a fourteen years old girl I didn’t realised that these aren’t ordinary photos. The first camera I ever used was the most common, family compact on film, but from the beginning I was drawn to people and fashion, so it remains today. What does photography mean to you?
I always say that photography is my oxygen. I had worse and better times, even nearly a year's break when I didn’t shoot at all in 2016. I thought this was the end of this beautiful adventure. I have had many unpleasant and difficult moments with which I couldn’t cope and practically surrendered. But there was always some magical thread pulling me to the camera. There is not a day that I do not look at the world in terms of pictures or do not take one shot though smartphone. I do not see another occupation on earth for me.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers. I worked out my style and I do not try to copy anyone. I appreciate women's beauty and I love fashion, really any type of clothes. My favorite photo shoots are those made on the beach. I am a big fan of swimwear and underwear, so those pictures are my most favorite. As I mentioned before, I appreciate every type of beauty in women and I love making portraits in every style. I am a typical outdoor photographer, using the light and the sun to create something amazing.
Where do you get inspiration from? Basically from everything. Starting from the place I see through the window of the car, through clothes, ending with pictures, paintings on the internet or art gallery. Before the session I like to see pictures of other photographers who inspire me. I do not want to copy them, I want to be as good as them and to create just as beautiful pictures that delight me so much. I have a special folder on my computer for such occasions. Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I am not very analytical mind, I acted under the influence of the moment. I often accuse myself of thinking that some things may be better to think about, focus more on a photo session but that's what I am. I take a moment like it is, I do not set the model as a millimeter. I like to write down on paper all the stylizations, exactly with what makeup, hairstyle and accessories they should go. I can plan the time very well but it's because I'm a quick photographer and I like to work fast.
Studio, on location or both?
If I have the opportunity, I would like to arrange a photo session outside, daylight and sun provide many opportunities and I love to work with them and create magic. For the winter I make photos practically only in the studio. Every place is good and in any location I want to get as much as I can.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Surely it's not just a hobby, but I've had almost a year's break, so I'm rebuilding my contacts, my portfolio, so everything goes in the right direction again.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It would be sesson from 2008, when I took my mate to a spontaneous photo in white flowers. This photo has made such a fury on the net that surpassed my wildest expectations. Since then, my career has developed at a great pace.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Before a session I like to browse pictures of my favorite photographers, it turns me into action, I want to be as good as they are. I’m also inspired by the female body, at every session I try to pay tribute to their direction.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens? I am currently working on Nikon and the Sony mirrorless camera. My favorite lens on which I usually work is 50mm 1.8. I often take pictures with an analog camera, I like Zenit 12xp and have a lot of sentiment because it belonged to my dad before.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business? First of all, you need a lot of practice. I know that equipment is not the cheapest, but if you think about taking photos seriously, then you have to be aware that with the time of amateur or half professional digital SLRs will not suffice you. I started to take pictures of my colleagues and it were great photo shooting lessons. And never ever try to copy other photographers. Be yourself, be artists who will be the model for others.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it's great! I'm very happy that you wanted to interview with me and show my work among so many talented people. I am very pleased. I keep my fingers crossed for you and I will keep a close eye on you for sure!