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Interview: Photographer Dominika Jurycka (Monsoon Studio) (Poland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Dominika and I’m a fine art photographer from Poland. I am also a wife and mother of 6 years old sweetie named Antointette.

How and when did you get intophotography? I have been interested in photography since I was 15. Then I got my first camera from my father. It was a Pentax which looked like a movie camera. All the children in the youth camp envied me and waved as I took pictures because they thought I was shooting a movie. Initially, I photographed just views and friends but it was then that a man began to intrigue me. That was a time when my love of photography matured. Both… me and my photography were growing up.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography is my oxygen. It is a kind of addiction. If I don’t create, I feel bad and I feel so empty. What I do comes deep within me. This is how I perceive the world and this is how I am. Photography is my love and my life actually.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I am joking that if I could paint better, I would be a painter. ;-) I love art. Especially the old masters paintings. I think you can see it from the photos I have taken. I am following the idea of artistic images… soft lights, respectable poses. My photography is static and a little bit fairy-telling. I love to feel some kind of „wind” in the frame. Then I know that this cadre is alive. I love eyes so much, so I focus on them when I took portraits. Yes… I think my photography is some kind of a little bit unreal, painterly fine art. ;-)

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

Yes, I am one of those who know what they want from the beginning. I prepare a session plan before the work. But… when I do the plan I let my imagination run wild. I usually take more shots than I planned.

Where do you get inspiration from? I draw inspirations from the nature, from paintings, from everyday life. Women and children also inspire me so much.

Studio, on location or both?

Both! The sky is the limit! ;-)

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I am a full time photographer acted as a company named Monsoon Studio.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

It was a photoshoot for polish fashion brand owned by a very talented painter. These photos were to be presented at the fashion fairs in Singapore, Florence, United Arab Emirates and Paris. I must admit that I was a little bit nervous. The collaboration of artist with an artist is always unique. They are people with high sensitivity and a sense of aesthetics. Sometimes different, that’s why I was nervous, but stress was absolutely unnecessary. The final result was beautiful.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I work on Nikon. My favorite lenses? I will not be revealing, probably… 50 mm 1.4

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

You have to be a fighter! Keep going… do what you do the best you can and don’t look at others. It’s your art and your photography. Take care of your style and be true to yourself. Being different is beautiful. My husband always says „only dead fish swim with the stream”.

What do you think of our new magazine?

It’s a great way to feature new talents and show real art. I keep my fingers crossed for you! You are doing a great job!


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Photography: Monsoon Studio

Model: Juliet & Juliet