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Interview: Photographer Marta Filipczyk (Poland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

As you know I’m a photographer. I specialize in several fields of photography, mainly in portrait, fashion, model tests, editorials, lookbooks for emerging brands and product photography. I run photography workshops which gives me a lot of energy and motivation for my work. I am a self-taught person. I did not attend any photography school (I am a Spanish translator by education), but I took part in many workshops in fashion photography, portraiture, wedding photojournalism and street photography. My second biggest passion is travelling. I have been to many countries and several times to Latin America which I truly love.


How and when did you get into photography?

I have always been fascinated and inspired by photography once analog one (I had an old camera Zenit) and then I started to use Canon 5d Mark III. Since I can remember I was always immersed completely in taking photos and it used to give me a feeling of excitement.


What does photography mean to you?

For me, a photography is about connection and intimacy between you and the person, a special relationship and about capturing a moment in a way that forces the others to stop for a second and think about it and remember it.


Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

I found my own style experimenting with portraying people and their emotions. I always try to smuggle emotions and feelings to my photos. I love portraying people, their nature. I love nostalgy, romanticism, people’s energy and mistery and I try to combine it with fashion and portrait photography. I also try to make my shoots look as natural as possible but with an artistic touch and a matte finish when retouching photos. I love brown colours and I always try to mute a green colour or make it darker. All of these things together create a specific style.


Where do you get inspiration from?

I find inspiration for my photos everywhere, mostly in movies, film festivals, art, paintings and in music.


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

Of course. I always think ahead about the photoshoot. I prepare moodboards for my clients, collect some inspirations and have a general idea in my head.


Studio, on location or both?

Both! I take my photo shoots both outdoors and in the studio but I especially love shooting in a natural light and with good quality portrait lenses. I love street fashion style.


Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

Photography is my greatest life passion but of course I’m a paid professional and I earn my living from photography. It is good to combine your profession with your greatest passion, it gives you a lot of satisfaction, fulfillment and increases your creativity.


What has been your most memorable session and why?

I am deeply immersed in every shoot I do so it’s difficult to mention a particular photoshoot. But of course there are some projects that I keep deeply in my heart. I especially like it when I truly reach the person and create some intimacy between us and it is very rewarding and always exciting.


Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

A good quality portrait lenses. I’m a lover of Canon and my favourite lenses are 50 mm f/1.4 and sigma art 35 mm f/1.4.


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

Believe in yourself, express yourself and don't look back. Just keep doing what you love and find your niche. Try to shoot as much in natural light as you can. Get inspired by some of your favourite photographers. Attend various good photography workshops.


What do you think of our new magazine?

I think it is very promising. I’ve found there many captivating photos and it’s a great source of inspiration. Thank you for having me in your magazine.




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