Interview: Photographer Anna Lignarska (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Sure, I’m Anna Lignarska, 37 years old portrait photographer from Łódź, Poland. I’m interested in psychology, communication, interpersonal relations. I use this knowledge in everyday life as well as during photography. I have to say, that building relationships with the people I photograph is as important to me as release the shutter button at the right moment.
How and when did you get into photography?
I started my adventure with photography three years ago. At the beginning in the circle of my interests it was a macro photography, landscape, then street photography. It was my way to photograph people.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography for me it is a way of express myself. It is also a interaction with people and their own emotions.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I specialized in portrait and nude photography. I photograph both women and men. I have to say, that I am an emotional, sensitive person, that's why I attach particular importance to illustrating the emotions of a people.
Where do you get inspiration from?
For me music is inspiration, which plays a big role in my life. I react to sounds, images, also I like to listen to people, to experience.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Most often I want to show the personality and emotions of a person in the pictures, so if I do not know someone, first I try to spend some time with him, get to know him better. So I'm working on my sensitivity and psychological skills more than planning a photo session.
Studio, on location or both?
I take most of the photos in the studio, I like peace, comfortable conditions that are important when creating. Then I have control over the light.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Difficult question and I have no unambiguous answer. I will definitely approach photography with passion. My basic source of income is something completely different. I photograph after hours. I hope that it will change sometime.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Sessions that can not be forgotten are those in which the photographed people exposes true emotions. Tears are the most difficult for me.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon D610 and 50mm f/1,4, also I have 85mm.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I think that an approach with passion and commitment is important in all the things we do. It is also important to constantly look for inspiration and develop.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I believe that this is a good initiative. It is a necessary form of promotion not only for beginning creators, but also for those who already exist on the market longer. thank you for the opportunity to participate.