Interview: Photographer Gosia Terka (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I`m 25 years old Polish based in Łódź. Photography is my passion but it's also my profession.I've been in photography for 10 years. Two years ago I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts. theoretically I am a designer, but I decided to focus on my true love – photography. I am a very open and cheerful person who likes to work with interesting people. :)
How and when did you get into photography?
I took my first steps in photography at junior high school. They were very amateur photos of everything that fell into my hands. Later, I began to be interested in photography seriously. in high school I made my first sessions with models and then it began to turn into something more professional. Now I am a photographer by profession and I really like my job.
What does photography mean to you?
It's hard to explain. Photography is for me a break from everyday life, a chance for artistic expression of myself. It is my passion but it is also what I do for a living. I can not imagine what my life would look like without photography.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I am mainly a fashion photographer, but I also like to take portraits. I mainly focus on people. I show their beauty. I also often work with young clothing or jewelry designers. I try to show their art as best as possible. However, in my pictures I try to bring something interesting, get attention and fall into people's memory.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
It rarely happens to me. I do not think in advance what I want in the picture. Most often the best photos are those that I do spontaneously, without a plan. I usually have the general concept of the session, but the pictures sometimes come in quite differently than I thought. unpredictability and surprise gives me the greatest fun.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I am inspired by the world around me, art, photos of other photographers, films, fashion, trends, but people inspire me the most.
Studio, on location or both?
I prefer outdoor sessions, they give more possibilities. But I also like to take pictures in the studio.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a professional, but work is also my hobby. That's why I consider myself a professional hobbyist.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Once a young woman wrote to me asking for nudes. When we took pictures it turned out that doctors suspect breast cancer. she was afraid she would have an operation and her body would never look normal again. That's why she decided to get some photos while everything is fine. I have no idea whether it turned out that it was a cancer or a harmless tumor, but this photo session was most memorable to me. I felt that I was doing something good for that girl and I felt honored that for such an important session she chose me.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Definitely people. Their character and beauty both external and internal is my greatest source of inspiration.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I worked on Sony and Nikon but now definitely Canon. My favorite lens 50mm 1.4f.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Do not be afraid of challenges, be open and look for your path in photography. Take criticism and use it wisely.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I really like the idea of your magazine! This is a very good source of inspiration for anyone interested in photography. I wish you good luck guys!
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