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Interview: Photographer Ryszard Lomnicki (Ireland)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Ryszard Lomnicki. I am a photographer specializing in long-exposure, landscape and portrait photography. I live in Galway on the west coast of Ireland for the last 15 years, I moved there from Poland where I was born.

How and when did you get into photography?

It can be said that I have always been interested in photography, it has always fascinated me and has always been present in my life. I started with analogue photography, attending photography classes as a child. Learning about composition, camera operation, and working in the darkroom. Over the years I have been taking pictures of people, documenting city life and the beauty of nature. My serious adventure with photography began again when I bought a digital SLR camera in 2010. I began to re-explore the photographic literature, analyze and learn. In a very short time, my photos began to be published in many international photo magazines and websites, they gained and are gaining the status of photos of the day, month and win many photo competitions. I also take part in international photographic exhibitions and competitions under the patronage of FIAP, IAAP, GPU, and PSA, ... where I am very successful.

What does photography mean to you?

Photography drew me in completely and became the most important quest in my life, thanks to which I can express myself, convey my point of view to the recipient and share my sensitivity.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

When it comes to portrait photography, I can describe my style as "realistic" in which I look for the true face of the photographed model without closing myself in schemes.

Where do you get inspiration from? Inspiration comes from everywhere. They draw and appear at every step.

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

I have predetermined what the photo should look like and what I want to achieve. It doesn't change the fact that I like to improvise and sometimes make changes. It all depends on the session. You never really know what might happen during it. This is true especially when the session was performed in an urban setting, which introduces the character of a street photo and the possibility of capturing a moment that was not part of the plan.

Studio, on location or both?

I prefer field work, I am looking for interesting places that fit my idea. In portrait photography, these are mostly abandoned, industrial or urban places.

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

I don't consider it a hobby/professionalism. For me, it is pure pleasure from which I derive happiness.

What has been your most memorable session and why?

For me, each session is special, meaningful, unique and fascinating.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Canon for years, Sony mirrorless for several years. My favourite lens is the Sigma Art 50mm f/1.4.

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

My advice photography must be fun and bring a lot of joy, happiness and positive feelings.

What do you think of our new magazine?

I think that your magazine is very impressive, with many interesting interviews, and lots of great portrait photos. I like the fact that it is showing different points of view and styles of the authors.

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