Interview: Photographer Gosia Zuk (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Gosia and I’m very curious of people. I studied sociology and it only made me more sensitive if it comes to human emotions, reactions and relationships. I can sense chemistry between people, see their energy and I don’t know why but very often when I’m taking a portrait I can see people opening up - their eyes are changing, they are letting me in.
How and when did you get into photography?
My father gave me an analog russian camera Agat 18K (which Im still using from time to time) when I was around 10. I started with landscapes but then my mother told me: “Enough with this nature! You should photograph people!” And so it begins…
What does photography mean to you?
Its a conversation and a therapy. Its a way to make people happy and let them know a little bit more about themselves.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I don’t like perfect pictures. Thats why I mainly photograph models sauté or with really little make up - so it doesn’t distract the viewer from the person who is photographed. I really like when picture has a flaw - it can be a bad hair, it can be lipstick on teeth, something that is making the viewer uncomfortable but at the same time - its causing the need to look again.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
It depends. When I have to be prepared and Im having the whole crew waiting for my plan - I need to think ahead, prepare mood boards, the story, the atmosphere and the feelings. But what I love the most is to just spend time with a person who is photographed and be spontaneous.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Books, movies, stories, my sorrows.
Studio, on location or both?
Little bit of both but always with the natural light.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Probably something in between.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It my first buduar - I prepared a champagne and was willing to undress as well, so my friend wouldn’t feel lonely and embarrassed, thankfully she is so confident and beautiful she didn’t need my ‘help’.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Mostly Nikon with old Zeiss Planar 50mm f1.4 from The Bokeh Factory mounted. Sometimes, when I have more time - old film cameras.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Don’t follow the rules, once you do its really hard to break the habit. Learn from your crisis, it’s perfectly normal to doubt. Seek inspiration not only from new trends but remember to take knowledge from the past.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think you are doing a great job connecting people from the industry. I wish your magazine growth and success. www.instagram.com/zukography
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