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Interview: Photographer Andrzej Kaczmarek (Poland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Andrzej Kaczmarek. I work as a tattoo artist in my own studio located in my hometown Bydgoszcz in Poland.

How and when did you get into photography?

I have been fascinated by photography since I was a child but I have never been given the opportunity to fully demonstrate my commitment to it. Everything changed when I went to live and work abroad. I spent 6 months in Ireland and I was able to really get into photography then. Firstly, it was landscape. There are many spectacular outdoors to be captured in that beautiful country. I brought lots of photographs with me back to Poland. It allowed me to experiment with graphic design softwares and create albums and book covers. These days, I’m interested in different genres of photography.

What does photography mean to you?

It is the biggest passion of mine. It’s always on my mind. It is certainly my escape from everyday life.

It completes me and makes me feel fulfilled in life and as an artist.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

Currently, I mainly photograph women, portraits, sensuality and nudity. It will possibly change some day but it is something that interests me most at the moment.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I get inspiration from observing the world around me. Those images and ideas lie somewhere deep down in my head.

Think you in advance what you want in the picture?

Sometimes something appears in my head. I try to write it down or draw it.

More often, however, I improvise during the session. If there is chemistry or some kind of special connection between the photographer and the model, there is a good chance that something interesting will arise. I try not to put much thought or plan towards the outcome. Sometimes it’s just the act of pressing the shutter without thinking of the end result. The whole point of this is to just enjoy the act of photography without expectations or stressing about creating the perfect frame.

Studio, on location or both?

At this point, more location. I had a photography studio before but I didn’t have enough time to really get in to it and keeping it didn’t make any sense. I prefer to look for interesting interiors and use them, rather then build scenography myself.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

Definitely a hobbyist and enthusiast.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I don’t recall any particular or memorable session. I always remember very well sessions with those special models who really get involved in our work. It is always nice to be able to work with people as dedicated and passionate as myself.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

In my case, mainly Canon. It is just my personal choice. Currently 5D Mark IV, also I really like Canon L 135, Sigma Art 35. Recently, I have got involved with analog photography and I’m taking my first steps with Mamiya RB67.

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

Just do your thing and keep moving. If you have a real passion for something it will work out for you just fine.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I think you are doing an amazing job. You inspire and help to promote people whose work can be seen in your magazine.

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