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Interview: Photographer Beáta Boldis (Hungary)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I was born in Dunaújváros (Central Hungary). Currently, I live in a large village near this town with my family. I have got three children, as well as an adorable husband.

How and when did you get into photography? I bought my first DSLR in 2017, simply with the aim of shooting extreme storms (it has remained my hobby thereafter). The first time I got acquainted with Fine Art photography was in 2021: it was “love at first sight”. Since then, I have attended a Fine Art Master’s training course: I successfully finalized it by the end of this May.

What does photography mean to you?

I am an active worker. For me, photography is not work but relaxing. On occasions of photo-making, everything else fades away: in my photos, there are the reflections of these intense moments. I do hope I can make also others have a taste of this experience.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I am a true lover of Fine Art photos, i.e. this style is the closest to me.

Where do you get inspiration from? I am mostly inspired by the Internet. I am following my favourite photographers, who are quite famous, anyway. Instagram and Facebook are also at hand, but I often gain inspiration by old paintings as well.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

I don’t always think it up in advance what to get shown in the picture. It often gets uncovered during the process of photo making. Of course, I do always have preconceptions, but it largely depends on the all-time model: what suits him/her, what ideas he/she has in mind.

Studio, on location or both?

I enjoy shooting both in studios and outdoors, each having its own sources for beauty and creativity.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

Do I envision myself either as a hobby photographer or one for payment? I haven’t really thought about it yet. At present, I am a hobby photographer, most of my models are from my circle of acquaintances. However, I face requests as well: I am delighted to undertake these invitations.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

I couldn't name any so-called “most memorable session”: each project of mine differs, concerning character and beauty. I look back of all with pleasure.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I firstly took a Canon camera. Since then, I have been shooting only with Canon, I don't use any other lenses. My favourite lens type is Canon RF 85mm f2.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

Well, a newcomer should always express himself/herself, see by his/her heart and utilise his/her own creativity in the projects: these are the factors which make his/her images unique and impressive. On the other side, rules don't necessarily need to be followed when creating the images. As for me, I don’t really do so. It is also important that in the world of photography, you have to learn constantly, because there are always new techniques and trends that are worth adapting. All in all, a newcomer shall feel free to establish something brand new in which the very special own resonance can be recognised.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It really is a great magazine with great photographers. I am sure it’s a nice idea to showcase the projects of different photographers not only through photos but also interviews, so that we can get an insight of their personality easier.

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