Interview: Photographer Robert Jachowicz (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
My name is Robert and I am from Poland. I like to photograph people, wildlife and sometimes landscapes. Fond of going into the wilderness from time to time and recharging the batteries. I started my adventure with analog cameras for which I have a great fondness.
How and when did you get into photography?
Generally speaking, photography accompanies me throughout my life since I was a child. With bigger or smaller gaps. In the past, photography was a springboard from everyday life, then it was an infatuation, and now it is the main hobby and passion.
What does photography mean to you?
Expressing yourself and talking about being an introvert is not enough, in my opinion you have to be sensitive to every detail, but the moment when everything is in the frame perfect, the perfect light appears, is what I love and then I feel fulfilled. Of course, not everything always turns out as you would like, but if it is, then the photographer's heart grows and stimulates him to new challenges.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
My style, well ... I want to evolve photographically, I think it is not fully specified yet. I've been working with models so seriously for some time now. I love working with new people, getting to know them and watching their face and body speak. Everyone works differently. The secret is to get the flow together and know what you want. And then you can do miracles.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Like most photographers, I draw inspiration from the Internet, such as Pinterest, Instagram, galleries of famous people, magazines. Nevertheless, while cycling, I discover many interesting places at different times of the day from which you can create a magical atmosphere and I like such unique places the most.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
Most of the time that's the way it is. I have an idea in my head and I try to implement it in 100%. But there are times when spontaneous action brings surprising results. So I act under the influence of the moment, emotions, aura, places and of course the model I work with.
Studio, on location or both?
Definitely on location! I prefer to use the available light (sometimes I add a reflector or lamp). Natural light is specific and cannot be replaced by a flash. You can combine in post-production, but why, when nature gives us something so great. I work in the studio in the winter and when the outside conditions do not allow it or the requirements of the order are there.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
My activities so far are mostly based on a hobby and a springboard from the gray reality and good fun, but there are also paid orders. Perhaps in the future I will give myself to it seriously for profit.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I don't really have one favorite session that I could call the only one. Although one of the first sessions with a professional model gave me the shivers. Then I had to break my shame (yes! Photographers are ashamed too). In retrospect, it is a funny and nice experience, such a
little stress has not killed anyone yet :)
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I have always used Canon with a small Fuji episode. I have gained all my experience on Canon and remain faithful to it to this day. Habits do their job. Favorite lens? Undoubtedly Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM incredible lens.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I will not say anything in business matters, because I am not strictly a businessman, but only a hobbyist enjoying photography. However, for beginners "never give up", shoot a lot, try, experiment and the results will come by themselves. It's quite a popular phrase, but in photography it turns into effects and lets you feel it. You have to be patient.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Great magazine, lots of inspiring people and photos. It's nice to see the work of people of different nations. I wish you development. I'm thankful I could be here. Thanks!