Interview: Photographer Mateusz Żurowski (Rabbitsanalogue (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Mateusz. I live and work in Warsaw. I mainly photograph conceptual photography, portraits and artistic act.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got infected with photography from my friend Grzegorz. He showed me the camera and told me where to aim for cool photos. I started photographing in August 2018. It will be 2 years soon since I picked up the camera. Earlier I had nothing to do with visual arts. I started to take analog photos and it remained so. I've never had a digital camera in my life. (Well, except for a mobile phone :) )
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is a medicine for me. It allows me to go out to people and overcome my weaknesses.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
It's hard to describe your own style. Especially when it is currently being created. I work with the camera very briefly, which means that even for a moment my style was not stable. I am still looking for my own style, at the same time this search is just my style.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I am most inspired by the people I work with. I often prepare the concept for a specific place.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
Very generally speaking, I know what I want in the photo, but I don't know what the specific photo should look like. A photo must have a certain energy charge from emotions.
Studio, on location or both?
Only locations and only with natural light.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a hobbyist. I never took money for photos in my life. I don't intend to do that in the future either.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
All my sessions are equally exciting. In connection with the fact that I don't earn money from photo sessions, I care about getting something other from photos. Energy.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I've never had a Canon camera. I also didn't have a Nikon camera. I only photograph with analogue SLRs. Medium format Hasselblades, Pentaxes, Mamiya.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I don't know what to advise someone who would like to start a new photography business because I don't do it myself. I am convinced that you have to do what you love and money will be a nice addition.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I like it. Very cool and interesting content. Therefore, I also agreed to participate :)
Credits: Models: Marta Majchrowska, Jakub Szlachetka, Alisa Styslavska Styles: Alisa Styslavka Makeup: Inga Skrzyszowska Hair style: Paulina Kaczmarek Clothes: KEX Vintage Store Lighting and assistance: Grzegorz Kurzejamski