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Interview: Photographer Zoë Daez (Netherlands)

Tell us something about yourself. I come from Lubsko a small town in the west of Poland but currently I live in The Netherlands couple of years already. I am educated as a physiotherapist. Nature has relaxing and inspiring influence on me. I love art and paintings, especially from the renaissance period, flowers, classical music and Latin dances.

How and when did you get into photography? Earlier my interests lied mostly in painting and reliefs. Few years back I bought a full-frame reflex camera and I fell in love in the world seen thru the frame

What does photography mean to you? Most of all it is very developing activity which changed my way of looking at the world and is shaping my sensitivity. Photography teaches patience, the image I see thru the lens is very detailed one. What I feel, what I think about and what is close to my heart can become also more familiar to others. Photography gives more meaning to my life. I feel happy and fulfilled in this creative process which is the outlet of my emotions.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers. Thru my works I would like to invite the viewer into my world. I like to experiment and go where my feeling and various sources of inspiration lead me. Color tones and light are very important to me.

Where do you get inspiration from? I take the inspiration from the world surrounding me, it is available in every moment and every place. Music makes me happy, with her accompaniment the image is shaping itself “in my mind”. I am inspired by the people I meet and their sensitivity.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture? I always start with an idea. Than starts the dialogue between the imagination and reality. Sometimes emotions evolve in the model and the photographer during the shoot and frames have also spontaneous element.

Studio, on location or both? I really enjoy natural light. Studio mostly in the winter.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional? I consider my works to be of professional quality, however currently I must limit the amount of time and physical effort I put into photography due to my health condition. I hope this will improve.

What has been your most memorable session and why? The “Ophelia” session. Everything looked so beautiful, water is a very artistic subject, the dress and plants were shaping fantastically and undulating together with the water stream.

What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work? Nature, music and art

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens? 11 Nikon lub Canon? My first reflex camera was Canon and so it stayed. Currently I mostly use the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens. What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business? I don’t have my own business. I would really like to do make my living in the future of what Is my love and passion. From my experience, I can only say: don’t give up and step by step, patiently and persistently develop your dreams to reality. Positive approach is important, finding time to rest and “reboot”. Focusing on achieving your goals and self-confidence.

What do you think of our new magazine? Rendezvous place for artists. Great publications, stories and interviews. I am happy and thankful to be part of it.

model: Romy Twickler mua: Patricia DeLuca MUA styling : Zoë Daez

self portrait by Zoë Daez mua & styling : Zoë Daez

model|: Bernadeta Urbanik mua & styling : Zoë Daez