Interview: Photographer Dariusz Frydel (UK)
Tell us something about yourself
I'm a fulfilled husband as well as father. I have a wonderful family, gorgeous wife and great sons which I'm very proud of.
My work helps me fulfil my passion. I have a great hobby. I love a good kitchen and also from time to time I like to cook myself.
I don't like to clean. I find it laborious, especially housework and cleaning the car.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started to get interest in photography few years ago so not that long and also completely by chance. All started when I had a bit of time on my hands and I began thinking of a new hobby for myself. By method of trial and error my love for photography was born and it
What does photography mean to you?
I’m not that sort of photographer that sleeps with his apparatus under his pillow and takes hundreds of photos of everything and everyone.
Despite that photography is something very important to me, just after my family which also absorbs a lot of my time.
If I’m not doing photos, I usually scroll through photos, photographic websites or albums.
I have a close friend that is also very passionate about photography and I spend a lot of time discussing different genres of photography and not only.
Photography plays an important role in my life.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I don’t have a particular photography style which I can call my own. My style has been constantly evolving and I’m still looking for something I can call my own.
I also don’t have a favourite photographer that I would like to relate to. My simple motto is I either like it or not.
I’m not interested in strict rules so most likely I break a lot of them but on the other hand I try to follow many as possible as well.
I strongly believe that style changes as we learn so what I loved and admired in the past may not be the same case now.
I read somewhere once that the best photos are the ones that you’ve done just now.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get inspiration from everywhere. I try to be on top all the latest news in world of photography.
I often look at photos that my fellow friend/photographers made to see how they capture their vision.
I aim to create a world seen through my eyes, more so women seen through my eyes as they are my main subject in photos I take. Women inspire my photographs. .
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Of course, I plan my sessions in advance, how I would like to position it, what frame what place.
I also look for my won inspirations, appropriate models, sometimes with less or more success.
Very important to me is good contact and understanding between the model and myself during sessions because then I’m able to create great material.
As per my vision, pictures capture what we feel and if there is no chemistry and understanding between the model and photographer, there is no way to grab that something from the photo session.
Studio, on location or both?
I definitely prefer on location as it gives more possibilities. Each day the same location looks completely differend. It can show happiness or darkness and sadness.
I do use studio as well however if I get a chance I always tend to lean toward on location.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I consider myself a hobbyist however I do have commercial background behind me as well. I love what I do and if you’re a hobbyist that what you exactly do.
It is more important to get pleasure and satisfaction from my work than the actual monetary value that goes with it.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I had many memorable sessions in my life, however the most memorable and also a great learning experience was a session I’ve done with my friend, Piotr Lipski from whom I was able to learn more than I was ever able to read about in books, magazines, etc.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
My biggest source of inspiration are women. During my session I try to show their beauty just the way I see it.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Without any hesitation Canon. My first camera was Canon 600d to which I was purchasing lenes. At the beginning it was a variety of makes, however in time I leaned toward Canon and Sigma (depending on parameters).
After I changed the body to full frame I stayed with Canon. Now, it would be difficult to change and I don’t think I have a need even though I see that there are some imperfections.
My favourite lense is Sigma Art 50mm. Generally speaking I firmly believe these are one of the best and solid lenses out there.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I wouldn’t dare to offer any advice to anyone who wants to open their own business.
I had few different businesses in my life, some with success other with less, however for every new business out there the most importantly perseverance, finding a goal and making sure its realised.
Simply don’t give up.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Every new place in which you’re able to fins something interesting is worthy recommending and this magazine without a doubt belongs to this sort of places.
I’m not the specialist in social media or in websites. I’m trying to create my own which has not been a great success.
That is why I’m very glad that I had a chance to present to bigger audience my work and I would like to sincerely thank for this opportunity.
I think that if it wasn’t for projects like this one and openness to new people and ideas who are looking for a bit more than just based on famous names and latest trends is mostly recommended.
Thank you for you time and I wish all the best for future.
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