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Interview: Photographer Rafał Pasikiewicz (Poland)

Tell us something about yourself.

Hi. My name’s Rafał and I’m 34. I come from a small town called Stalowa Wola in Poland. I have a normal job on everyday basis.

How and when did you get into photography?

I bought a pedigree Akita Inu 7 years ago. The dog was to attend several national shows, and I felt the need to „immor-talize” the events somehow. That is when I decided to buy my first camera. I bought a Sony alpha 35 and a standard lens then.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography, for me, is a lot of emotions you can feel, see, and finally close them in a picture.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

My style? Hmmm that’s a good question I think that the first thing that comes to viewer’s mind is the warm colouring. Most of the frames are portraits, less of them are whole silhouet-tes. In my work I try to play with the light fund and I love painting the naked body with the light and shadow in the indoors as well as in the open air. Most of my photos are sensual, of covered nudity – act.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I take my inspiration from looking through various magazines that have a sensual portrait theme. Most of them I can find on Facebook or Instagram.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

Yes, I do. Before I take a picture I can see it in my mind, and then I take it.

Studio, on location or both?

Most of my sessions are done in the open air, but sometimes I take photos in a bigger suite at a hotel.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I’m more of a hobbyist than a professional. In my opinion, a professional photographer earns a living through taking photos, and a hobbyist uses a pro-equipment too, but without the need to gain profit.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I can’t specify just one session for every one of them was special and brought something new. Although, I can give one of the sessions that took place near Katowice, with Partycja Gancarz, as an example. Dunes, sand, wonderful climate... Suddenly I came up with an idea to shoot something near the forest. It was there where we found a magical brook. I made wonderful frames there, you will be able to see one of them in this magazine.

What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?

My biggest source of inspiration are the works of German and Russian photographers; they contributed a lot to my work.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I work on Canon 5Dmk2. My favourite lens to work on is Canon 85mm 1.2L.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

My only advice for new photographers as well as the very beginners is not to pursue the styles of other authors or duplicate their frames. Find your own ways in order to be recognizable and one of a kind.

What do you think of our new magazine? This magazine is real fresh! You can find a lot of inspiration here. It’s for the beginners as well as the seasoned ones. The artwork really caught my eye. The magazine is evolveing really quickly and it grabs attention. I wish you success and thank you for having me.

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