Interview: Photographer Piotr Abramowicz (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I’m Piotr (b.1979) — a portrait photographer who creates pain-free portraits for personal branding in business and social media, for online models profiles, and personal enjoyment. I create handmade portrait photography and intimate portraiture for discerning individuals as well as for editorial and business clients. The resulting photographs are works of art in their own right.
Photography is a passion that I develop as much as possible because I work in an IT international corporation on a daily basis. In addition, I am a happy husband and a father of two wonderful children. I live in Wroclaw, however, I travel a lot around Poland and not only.
How and when did you get into photography?
Few years ago, one of my good friends showed me the world of photography. Thanks to him, I started to look at the camera as a tool that allows me to capture special moments. At the beginning of my adventure with photography, a colleague showed me the basics and inspired me to continue working. I can honestly say, that thanks to him, I became a photographer. I improved my skills at workshops and courses with various photographers specializing in different styles. In this way, I observe and try to use everything that is the best in their work.
What does photography mean to you?
I'm always thinking about how can I make a picture that tells a story about the subject, a picture that's poetic and artistic...and much more than just a snapshot "Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers long after you have forgotten."-Ernst Haas
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My photography can be generally called portraits. For me the most important is the figure on the picture. Human emotions, human faces. I like photos that express something. It can be a passion, emotions but also the beauty of the female body. Each time I try for a different final result so I can not specify one particular style. if I find it, I will probably get bored.
Where do you get inspiration from? Inspiration is one of the most important elements in photography. Everything starts with that. Finding ideas is an element that not everyone appreciates. It inspires everything that surrounds me. I watch a lot of photos and talk with friends exchanging ideas. The world is full of ideas. Sometimes it can be the weather, sometimes the model and sometimes the light. One must be a good observer of the world around us.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Always at the beginning I define the framework in which I follow, but I am guided by the intuition and the internal need to fulfill my own aesthetic visions. I never plan the final effect, I let myself be carried away by emotions.
Studio, on location or both?
I worked in both studio and outdoors, I have studio equipment and I am able to adapt to existing conditions in almost every situation. I really like natural lighting but sometimes good lighting in the studio can do wonders. I am still looking for my own way and I like different styles of portrait photography.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Currently, I treat hobby of my projects as a hobby, but I also carry out commercial projects. You never know what the future will bring but photography is a huge passion that I develop in every free moment.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It's hard to choose one session from my work. Each is different and each in its own way unique and demanding. If, however, I would bet on one of my sets, it will be a “dance in flour”. Very demanding session when it comes to choosing a dancer but also preparing the room and equipment. Some pictures from that set can sbe een on my profile pages and website.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I think that the biggest source of inspiration I have not discovered yet. I am still waiting for it
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I specialize in portrait photography, therefore I mostly use prime lenses that best suit for such shots. I use Canon full-frame cameras (now I’m using Canon 6D) and my favorite lens is Sigma A 50 mm f / 1.4 ART. Most of my photos were made with this lens.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
According to me, there are 3 most important things: practice, practice, practice. However, seriously speaking, nothing gives a better start that view thousands of photos, every day, looking for inspiration, looking for ideas and trying to repeat the shots in Your head step by step. In addition, I recommend workshops with well-known photographers who can be seen while working. The offer on the market is very large so you can pick whatever You like. These three elements are the most important things for a new photographer.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I had the opportunity to read several issues, it is a very interesting magazine. I am very pleased that such things occur. Good luck!
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