Interview: Photographer Alicja Galant (UK)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Alicja Galant and I am United Kingdom based photographer. I was born and raised in Poland. I am self-taught photographer and I specialize in fine art photography.
How and when did you get into photography?
Photography has always been a vital part of my life but I never thought it would become my greatest motivation and true love. Since experimenting with vintage cameras as a child and going through few youthhood episodes whilst being on the other side of the lenses and modelling I finally took courage to start creating. I started experimenting with food photography and also relaxed lifestyle photography. But I found my biggest interest in fine art portraiture and retouching which is my greatest adventure so far.
What does photography mean to you?
Ordinary and extraordinary everyday life seen through my lenses is a part the gives me the ability to dream, plan and not to give up. There is still plenty to learn and implement but but one thing is sure - once you believe it must come true.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers?
I mainly specialize in fine art photography.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I am an artist at heart. I can find inspiration in seemingly everyday stuff. I am always greatly affected by surrounding me nature and its changing colours.
Do you think in advance what what do you want in the picture?
I always tend to have myself prepared well ahead but surprisingly very often the most beautiful shots come unintentionally.
Studio, on location or both.
I am an outdoor photographer. I absolutely admire shooting in natural light surrounded by the beauty of nature. However studio is on my ‚to do’ list.
Would you consider yourself as a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Photography is my biggest life passion but not only a hobby. It is gradually becoming my main way to make a living. I do not strictly stick to paid photo shoots but also occasionally do unpaid photo projects just to simply satisfy my inner artistic visions and improve my creativity.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It is hard to mention just one most memorable one as I find each meeting with my models as special and unforgettable experience.
Nikon or Canon? Favourite Lens?
Canon and Sigma Art 135mm.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Be kind to yourself, never give up and practice as much as you can. Find yourself an inspiration in other photographers and any sort of art that opens your eyes and soul.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I think it is a great platform to get inspiration from and familiarise yourself with other creative people. Well done!