Interview: Photographer Izabella Sapuła (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I grew up near the forest among many animals so I am that kind of girl who loves the grass and lives close to nature. Real and deep relationships with both people and the surrounding nature are important to me. All the things, which I’ve done recently, are about it. About nature, people and truly, deep relations.
How and when did you get into photography?
My passion for photography grew as I grew up, and it changed with me. From the day I held my father’s camera, it felt like a natural expression of me.
Photography is not my source of income, so I can pursue it without restrictions. The surrounding world still offers stories that I want to tell.
What does photography mean to you?
In the past, I thought that when photographing, I was talking about the outside world, but now I know photography is the way to explore my emotional world, my past and my dreams. When photographing, I invite people to talk, but also to meet their souls. My intention is not only to create an image but also, to confront the viewers with their imagination.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I’m still looking for harmony with nature. I want to express and show it in my photos. Women in my photos are trying to find a way to get closer to our roots. They are independent, brave to talk boldly about their desires and dreams.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Almost everything inspires me. People, emotions, legends, places, music. I focus on desires, dreams, drifting somewhere in the space of secrets and memories.
Thank you in advance what do you want in the picture?
I usually come to sessions with a plan. I discuss it with the model and people who work with me. I tell the story I want to show and we talk about what emotions and mood we are looking for. Usually, however, when I start working, I follow what I see, the light, the feelings. The surrounding world delights me so much that I can’t resist.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I use a Nikon camera and I have a set of lenses of different lengths that I choose according to the present moment and space. Most of my photos were made using 135 mm or 35mm.
Studio, on location or both?
Definitely, I prefer location, it gives me way more space to be creative, but I also work in rooms with natural light.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a hobbyist. Photography for me is a way to explore and express myself. It gives me power and peace in my mind. I love it. It’s like an addiction.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I work with models and very often with animals. Sessions with animals taught me great mindfulness, patience, peace, openness to their behavior. You have to be careful and ready to press the shutter. During the session, the animals decide what the final frame looks like, you let them be themselves and you just follow them.
Last year I did a lot of sessions with animals but the most important project to me was Sisterhood. It’s important because this is a very personal story. The last two years taught us that the only thing that mattered was truly deep relationships and bonds. What's important are not only family relations, but also these independent of blood and DNA. In 2020 after my mother's death, extraordinary women began to appear in my life, surrounding me with tenderness, suport, and sometimes simply with their silent presence. My story is about sisterly bonds, openness without shame or judgment, about silent understanding. All of these can be given to a woman, only by another woman.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Do not listen to what others say, find your unique voice and trust your intuition. Don't be afraid that people won't like what you do. I don't know a single artist who has not experienced rejection. It is a natural way of developing and discovering your own unique style. Be yourself, and the world will see your glow.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It is a great idea to connect people from all around the world, allow them to share their ideas and learn from each other. I’m thankful to be a part of it. Thanks!
Muse: Kamila Ankara and owl Halinka
Muse: Dag Piasna Photo: Izabella Sapuła Photography Assist Beata Jakubowska
Muse: Zuza Cichy, Maciek Wójcik Snakes: Yokai Breeders Photo: Izabella Sapuła Photography Hair: Martyna Bryk Hair Stylist Mua: Monika Wegrzyn Coop: Monika Bojsan and Światła i cienie Pałacu w Bożkowie,