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Interview: Photographer Klaudiusz Ledwoch (Poland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

I am a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. I've been photographing basically as a hobby since 2011. My work is focused on new IT technologies - I need a space where I can fulfill my artistic aspirations.

How and when did you get into photography?

Often working on advertisements, I had a problem with getting a photograph that would fit the concept. At that time, it seemed to me that the cost quoted by the photographers cooperating with me is extremely high;). How many people have I come to the conclusion that I can do it myself - better and cheaper;) hahaha. It's not cheaper for sure;). Is it better not to judge me.

What does photographymean to you?

For me, photography is colors, shimmering, blurry and hazy - a memory of a scene we saw and recreate in our imagination. I take pictures of my memories.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

It is very fickle. I am still - I am - a beginner - I do not have a sophisticated style. Well, maybe except for one thing - a photographer, whom I admire a lot and who is an unrivaled role model for me, once told me that my women are always so sublime and full of imperious elegance - regardless of the situation in which they find themselves - they are beyond the judgment of the observer.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I always learning form Newton and Mapplethorpe - nothing original;)

- I use painting much more;). Of course, the impressionists and the first avangarde, secessionist. I also take a lot from the Renaissance especially light and softness.

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

Oh yes, I never take the camera in my hand until I have it in my head, I can not see in my imagination what the final, post-processed photo will look like.

Studio, on location or both?

outside the studio it is more interesting and easier, richer in colors and textures, more varied light - all this poses a lot of challenges but also gives opportunities to liberate creativity.

In my opinion, the studio requires a great deal of self-discipline, it also requires a rich technical background. I have quite a large studio for an amateur - and I have used it often in the past - I also really respect people working in the studio - but personally I always choose an open-air or interesting interior.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

As I already wrote, I am a hobbyist. I occasionally take commercial photos - or run some workshops. However, I don't really have time for it - although I like to do it very much.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

When I and a close friend of mine were taking photos at a wedding, she accidentally slammed the car keys with our photo equipment in the trunk. All this 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

I started with Pentax K10D, next Conon 5D, 5Ds – favorite lens obvisiouly. Now,Sony plus sigma art, focal lengths used to be mainly 35, 85, nothing original again,

currently 40 and 105

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

Don't do it in Poland;)

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