Interview: Model Martyna Solpa (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Martyna and I live, study and work in Warsaw. I will be 25 yo this autumn, but I still feel like when I was 18. I love to live actively and I hate boredom. I smile a lot and I’m filled with positive energy. Talking about myself doesn’t make too much sense, because it’s the best to know me personally during long conversations with a glass of good wine (or a cup of coffee instead).
If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I was more self-confident. I think that I often forget about it through various situations that are happening in my life path, which sometimes creates some doubts and causes complexes. I work on it to go through the life with my head raised, regardless of what difficulties I encounter in my life and what other people say.
How did you start modeling?
When I was a teenager I had my own photoblog, where I was publishing photos taken everyday by my friends. In high school times, several of my colleagues were interested in photography and sometimes I was staying in front of their lenses as a portrait model. When I started studies and moved to Warsaw I did’t pose for any photos for 3 years... Until I made my first tattoos and published my selfies on one of modeling portals in Poland, which was met with great interest from more professional photographers, who have decided to invite me to participate in their photo projects.
What do you think of the work as a model?
You must love it if you really want to do it right. Modeling, especially nude art (which I love most), is an extremely demanding and difficult field. It requires full awareness and control of the body, work on the gesture and on facial expressions at the same time. Real photography isn’t only nice pictures, but based on truly emotions being soul of the photos that can keep the recipient for a long time. It touches people, evokes extreme emotions and prompts reflection on life and beauty.
What is your beauty regimen?
Do not behave yourself. In saying this I mean going beyond standards and frames imposed on us by everyday life. I think that we’re the most beautiful when we’re ourselves. I can feel it when I’m full of contrasts and apparent contradictions, which together compose beautifully and create an unique image of myself. Our truly beauty doesn’t only come from the external appearance, but from what we feed our souls and how we care for our minds and hearts.
What are your personal qualities which distinguish you from others?
To be honest, I’m open-minded and I have many ambitions, I demand a lot from myself and I don’t like being compare to others. I can’t stand hate, jealousy and I avoid “emotional vampires”. I’m looking on my references, to check what other people mostly appreciate in me... However, they say that they like my sense of humor, my reliable work and ability to show many different emotions, creativity and spontaneity.
What are your plans for the future?
Time will tell... I'm sure I still want to get better in modeling, but also focus on my private life, which I will keep for myself. I want to improve my mind and body and travel a lot as well, because the world is beautiful and there’s still plenty to discover.
What are some of your favorite experiences so far?
Having contact with people and working with them brings me the best experiece in my life. All demanding photo sessions taught me humility, patience and that I shouldn’t take life too seriously. The hardest thing is to work with other models because it’s require the most dedication from us. We have to learn each other and match our emotions to create consistent picture. One of these sessions was mostly memorable to me. It was nude underwater photoshoot done in pool with the male model that I worked with for the first time (greetings for Dawid and Darek). I was afraid that I would let them down by the pressure I imposed on myself, but after some time I understood that I should focus on work instead of thinking pessimistically. And it worked.
Do you have any advice for those who want to start modeling?
Be yourself and believe in yourself. Open you mind and don’t be afraid to experiment. Go beyond the normality and play with emotions. Stop in time and feel freedom. Learn from others experiences and look for the type of photography in which you feel your best. Never do anything against yourself at the instigation or pressure of other people.
What do you think of the magazine?
Every initiative that supports an art of photography and artists creating it is very necessary, that's why I appreciate very much what you’re doing. Keep it up!
Michał Magdziak/ www.michalmagdziak.pl
Paweł Amos Szenk