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Interview: Photographer Zuzanna Czekaj (Poland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I am an eighteen-year-old girl from Poland, whose greatest love is photography. If I do not take pictures, I read books, watch movies and study to get to my dream University

How and when did you get into photography?

Quite by accident a few years ago I took a camera with me to my grandparents for vacation. Through the summer I took pictures of nice views and nature. After returning from vacation I already knew that photography is something that interests me, but instead of taking pictures of subsequent landscapes, I started photographing friends and that's how my love for portrait photography was born, and then for fashion photography

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is for me a detachment from reality. On the one hand, I can express an artistic part of myself, and on the other hand I can show people reality in the way I see it. In addition, photography allows me to show the beauty of other people, which they do not see themselves, that's why I like portrait photography the most. Nothing is so pleasing to seeing a great joy on a person's face after he sees his picture taken by me.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I can not unambiguously describe my style. It's just as changeable as me, as I grow up and acquiring more experience, I change and so does my style. However, I like to play with colors and often get caught up in the fact that I like cold tones.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Everything that surrounds me inspires me. I try to be interested in fashion and new trends on a regular basis, drawing ideas from them and different stylizations for photos. I also very often take pictures inspired by the book I read or the song I heard. However, the most important inspiration are the people, that I work with, very often the model or make up artist give me the greatest dose of inspiration.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

I often have a one exact photo in my mind. While I'm doing an artistic project I have some ideas in my head, some general outline of the pictures, but most of them I modify when taking pictures. However, when it comes to fashion photography, I usually have just prepared stylizations and a place, everything that later appears in the pictures was most often spontaneously.

Studio, on location or both?

Both, but preferably with the natural light

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I am a hobbyist who would like to be a paid professional one day

What has been your most memorable session and why?

The most memorable session for me is the one with my friend, Alicja. I remember that we were planning photoshoot (not knowing each other back then), but it was my fault that this session didn’t happen. I remember that I was feeling bad about it and after a long time I wrote to her if she didn’t want to do some photos with me. She agreed and it came out really good. Together we had the first photographic successes like: the first photo on vogue.it, the first publications. We still work the best together, because each of us knows what the other one wants. The first session with her is the most memorable for me, because now I have a great friend and also a good.

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

The people I worked with

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon and Pentacon Six (analouge camera). Canon 50mm 1.4

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

I think that the most important thing is not to give up and go ahead without looking at what other people think about it

What do you think of our new magazine?

It’s great, and I love it.


Model: Michalina Cysarz, MUA: Michalina Bogucka, Photo/Stylist: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Alicja Czarnowska, Stylist/Photo: Zuzanna „Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Michalina Cysarz, MUA: Michalina Bogucka, Photo/Stylist: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Teresa Sowińska, Photo: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Karolina Sulej, Photo/Stylist: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Nura Jomma, Photo: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Ania Grzebińska, Photo: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Karolina Sulej, Photo/Stylist: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Alicja Czarnowska, MUA: Adrianna Beister, Photo/Stylist: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Alicja Czarnowska, MUA/Stylist/Photo: Zuzanna „Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Ania Grzebińska, Photo: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

Model: Teresa Sowińska, Photo: Zuzanna „ Zetjot” Czekaj

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