Interview: Photographer Vaya Condios (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
An ordinary man like many millions of others on this earth. With passions, problems, challenges and weakness. I’m trying to be happy every day, smile to other people and help them without expectations for payback. I’m leaving in Poland in my born city - Warsaw.
In this place I get my experience in private life and business. I like breath in my city but doesnt mean that I dont like other places 😊
How and when did you get into photography?
It was decades ago when I was little bit younger. I received from my parents first photo-camera. Of course, camera made in USSR. I learned in a neighborhood club how to take a photo, what is aperture, ISO/DIN, how to compose picture and finaly how to drive whole proces in photographis darkrom. At the beginning it was nature photography, macro and sport. After that I started sessions with people to finally focus on session with women.
What does photography mean to you?
There is no simple answer. From one hand it’s contact with other passionate people from the flipside it’s observation mystery of light, black and white, shadow and light.
It’s chance for me to calm down and relax. It’s very important for me to make something what can give a joyful not only for me but also for other people. I believe that I can give this.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I like experiments however I observe that I have some periods with routine and my photo looks the same like before. I like sensual photography with real and natral passion on model faces. I can compare my photo to soft touch. I believe that every can find other feelings after seeing my photo.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
General answer is yes but it doesn’t mean that I have plan for every single shot. I need some freedom in composing atmosphere during photo session.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I’m trying to observe people in their natural environment, on the street, restaurants, cinemas but also, I’m looking for good photo in magazines, books and internet. I’m observing my favorites photographers and get inspiration from them (ie Kirsty Mitchell)
Studio, on location or both?
Even if it’s small house, room or something like this I prefare session on location. Maybe I’m not mature for studio 😊 I made a few session ins sudio but it’s not my favourite place .
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Fortunatelly photography is my hobby and passion. I do not have to make money on photography. This situation is giving me freedom and I’m not slave of ideas other people.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It was one session. However, when I was doing it, I did not think it would be like that. As it often happens, I am talking during a session about various life things. On everyday matters, joys and troubles. It was like that and that time. I did not know then that the person with whom I worked at that time would pass away. Just then the words that she spoke took on a different meaning.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
It’s only one answer. People. People with passion.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I’m working with Canon and Sony. In my opinion it doesnt metter what kind of camera you are using. It’s very imprtant to know your equipments. If know it you can focus on more important things – photo 😊 I like very much last Sigma Art series specially 50 mm.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I dont give them any uniqe advice maybe only one. Start photo and make it with passion.
What do you think of our new magazine?
In our world where many people are focused on money you are very unique. Your magazine gives people trust that brave people, passionate can make such a great work.
I know that is very difficult to organize work. There is many challenges in cooperation’s across countries to find a people, prepare material etc.
Your magazine is GREAT because you are doing this with passion and heart.