Interview: Photographer Krzysztof Piwowarek (Poland)Winner Of The Month
Can you tell us a little about you?
Photography has always appeared in my life, although only in an amateur way. I wasn't using the camera properly, playing with it only in the automatic functions. Doipier, being a group of photography enthusiasts for 4 years, I noticed that I can do nothing and that what I do is a simple amateur who has little to do with being a person who can even be called a pseudo-photographer. I have completed a series of personal group trainings which have opened my eyes what it means to work with light, lamps, light modifiers, lenses how to use them, manual work with a camera and many other interesting facts for me. So I started to invest in equipment, when I set up my premises, I made my own studio where I could slowly enter the world of more interesting photography which started to bring me great satisfaction. So, for 4 years until today, I develop my interests from occasional, wedding, portrait, sensual, female and fashion photography. As a matter of fact, I like to take various photographic styles, which can be seen in my works, and to this day I am not sure what is the best for me :) That's the truth
How and when did you get into photography?
As I mentioned, since 2016 I have been dealing with photography, i.e. 4 years, Yes, I am a very young photographer, not necessarily age because I am 47 years old hahaha :) Everything is still ahead of me. :)
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is my horse. Where I am not, who I do not talk to, I always think about frames, shots of people that I could put in front of my lens :)
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
What I do is portrait photography, that's what I feel best, the easiest way for me in this type of shots. I like working with people, models, children, I love challenges.
Studio, on location or both?
I live, work and have my studio near Warsaw- Mińsk Mazowiecki. It is a small city which, thanks to the vicinity of the Polish capital, gives greater opportunities for cooperation and orders than in provincial towns.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Currently, I live not only from photography (I also have another source of income) because it is not easy, but to a large extent I try to be noticeable on the market and benefit from it.
Where do you get inspiration from?
The beginning of my shots were the inspirations of today's photographers known to me in Poland and abroad. I really like portrait photographers Chris Knigt, Sean Archer (portrait-sensual photography), photographers from the Fina Art style who are distinguished by their photo processing, such as Paulina Duczman (I recommend who does not know). Peter Coulson (portrait - fashion photographer). So I think that what I do is a combination of all these photographers who prefer photos either monochrome or with high color intensity and so I have ...
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture ?
Yes, I always try to prepare for sessions, photos. I always plan how to create a given person, in a given clothes, styling, hair, makeup. I care about preparing both sides for photos so that my work communicates the beauty and the best that a given person has. Of course I plan very often and something better will come out in the process, which I am proud of.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Honestly, I don't have the best or worst session, each of them is different and brings something to my life. I did about 200 commercial photoshoots and I mark TFP within 4 years. Sometimes I had 3 sessions and occasional events during the day and if you want, you can :)
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I started my adventure with Canon, currently I am taking photos of Cano Eos 5d mark IV and Sony Alfa7 III. These two cameras are enough for me at the moment and I personally think that with worse equipment you can make a great photo, of course, with good post-production. The lenses that I use are a wide range of 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 130mm, 75-200mm light from f1.4 to f2.8. Of course, for events I use 24-70mm f2.7 or 16-35mm f2.8, I like to have the equipment I need for various occasions, so I have what is necessary in my work.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I myself am at the beginning of my photographic path, because as I mentioned, I have been dealing with photography for 4 yearsI think that what but I can recommend is to try to develop your style, taste and work hard to make the photo as interesting as possible. As you know, no one has ever been born to please everyone. Be yourself, work and watch how others are doing in search of inspiration.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Interesting projects and a variety of photos, photographers like it the most. Keep it up and good luck in catching talent :)
Fb Krzysztof Piwowarek, www.art-fotokris.pl, instagram: krzysztof.piwowarek