Interview: Photographer Lovero (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I live in Poland and I study psychology. People have always fascinated me, both psychologically and visually. I read a lot. A cup of good coffee is my daily pleasure. I own an English bulldog and I live by the sea; though, I rarely visit the beach. I try to maintain a well-balanced life.
How and when did you get into photography?
I have been taking photos for a long time; however, I became more serious about it around 1,5 years ago. At first, I would focus mostly on self-portraits but later I started modelling; though, I have never lost the perspective of a creator. When I got my camera, I already knew the direction I was heading towards as an artist.
What does photography mean to you?
In photography I find the pleasure of working with form. I adore human beings and body language fascinates me. I want my photography to underline those characteristics which are thought to be nonstandard, unusual or even those which may be the source of insecurities. Apart from that, I find lots of pleasure in knowing that someone trusts me and is ready to see themselves in their natural form, nude and without make-up. I do realise it is not always easy.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My portfolio consists of nudes and portraits of both men and women. My main focus is on capturing the natural beauty of human body. I also pay attention to right colour scheme; something that I like to call a “colour balance” is very important to me.
Where do you get inspiration from?
All of my works were created after my inspirations were filtered through my sense of aesthetics. I am fascinated by lightness, effortlessness and beauty captured on Renaissance paintings that show bare bodies, as well as strength, dignity and grace which can be seen in the sculptures from the same period.
Studio, on location or both?
I prefer working in the studio with natural light; however I also enjoy on-location photography.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I rarely plan the frames that I wish to shoot. I usually focus on the outcome of the photoshoot being consistent with the emotions and the atmosphere that I wanted to capture.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
At this moment, photography is my hobby but I intend to take a more professional approach next year. The first step towards that goal would be an exhibition of my works.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Due to the fact that taking photographs is not only creative work because it requires certain craftsmanship and constant communication with the person in front of the camera, I remember all of the photoshoots that I’ve done. Each one is different and teaches me something. There isn’t a particular one that stands out.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Neither. I work with mirrorless Fujifilm. My lens of choice is 27 mm f/2.8.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I am at this point myself. I think that the most important things are confidence in yourself and being devoted to your work because apart from creating, it is also crucial to take care of proper marketing. I’ll try it out myself!
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it is a great initiative which gives photography enthusiasts easy access to interesting material and authors of the works can reach out to new audience. Keep up the good work!