Interview: Photographer Maciej Gas (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Hello, my name is Maciej Gas. I'm a self-taught photographer based in Krakow, Poland. I shoot events, fashion, beauty and commercials. Currently, I try to increase my reach and get better recognition to work worldwide :)
How and when did you get into photography?
I started when I was 16. I started with wedding photos, but always wanted to do fashion and advertising. With an invaluable assistance of my friend, Karol Tomaszewski, who owns a studio in Warsaw, I had a possibility to work with big advertising projects and learned a lot. Thanks Karol!
What does photography mean to you?
Photography helps to express myself and my point of view. As a photographer, I'm able to create different reality and this is, what I love the most. It is fascinating!
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
If we think in terms "Always black and white" or "Post-apocalyptic", etc. , then I think I don't belong to any of established groups. It is pretty hard to clearly describe my style. My main goal is to create a strong image that draws attention, leaving the interpretation entirely to the viewer.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get inspiration from paintings, cinematography, backstages of great photographers. I am a music freak, who listens to a lot of good tunes. Also, it is always good to follow best photographer's work - it unquestionably helps to create better own images.
Do You think in advance what you want in the picture?
Fashion and commercial photoshoots are usually well planned. There is a crew and everyone knows what are their responsibilities. We also know the final effect we are aiming for. Despite all of that, I think true magic happens, when things get slightly off the intended path ;)
Studio, on location or both?
Both! On location gives great possibilities, but studio is always a challenge - you must build whole scene from a blank page. It helps to improve creativity.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
From the very beginning, my work is also my hobby. I guess I am lucky to do what I love and I even get paid for it :)
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Photoshoot taken in 2007. I was a newbie in "on location" shooting with studio lights. My friend (well experienced photographer) came from Warsaw with his crew and gear and rescued the whole session.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I don't mind the brand. Of course, better gear helps to take better images, but even the most expensive camera won't help, if the idea is poor. Favourite lens? 50mm of course :) Alternatively, 35mm for more dynamic shooting, 85mm for portraits and beauty shots.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Work hard, be patient, gain experience, find great photographers to follow and don't give up. Sometimes it's hard, but eventually it will pay off.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I discovered it only few months ago. It is always a great idea to connect people from all around the world, give them an opportunity to share their ideas and learn from each other. I feel honored to be able to tell my story here. I wish You all the best and will check next issues for sure!