Photographer: Krzysztof Kowalski (Poland)
Can you tell us a little about you?
Hi, my name is Krzysztof (Christopher) and I come from Poland. I’m an nude photographer and I can confidently say that I’m happy with what I do. Thanks to this job, I’ve met many great people with whom I have very good relationship till today. I like weird and non typical projects but classic photos are also something which I go back to. On daily basis I’am also creating advertising clips which also helps me with my artistic progress.
How and when did you get into photography?
My adventure as a photographer started 5 years ago. I was only a movie maker by then, but my girlfriend Anna persuaded me that I should go with her on her photo session and try to take some photos. Since then I can’t imagine my life without photography. I’m very grateful that Ann introduced me to that world. I love her very much and I’m thankful that I’ve met so such supportive person in my life.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography enables me to show the beauty of human body. I would like to show that nudity shouldn’t be the source of shame. On the contrary, I think that everyone has something beautiful and unique in their physicality. To discover and uncover it is what motivates me. Everyone is different and requires different approach. This is challenging, but also satisfying once the work is finished and the model is happy with the results.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
As I mentioned at The beginning I’m mainly an nude photographer. In my works You can see beauty of human body in very different styles.
Where do you get inspiration from?
There is so many great Photographers who I could use as an inspiration but in my work I try create something that I never saw using totally random places and frames.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
For most of the time i try to work spontagneously. The frames and atmosphere of photos come naturally. I just try to create something that visually meets my expectations. Of course sometimes I have a concept I’m pursuing but it happens rarely.
Studio, on location or both?
Definitely open air is my favourite. I’m not a fan of artificial lightning so I always try to use daylight.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I have earned money from photography for 3 years now so o think paid professional fits me pretty well. But that doesn’t mean that it’s only a job. Creating new projects bings so much fun for me that I can easily say that it’s also my hobby.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I will never forget the -10*C, open air session. This was very big challenge for me and the model. We had to be very fast and precise to make this session safe for our health (mainly for her’s)
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
If i had to choose between those two I’d definitely picked Canon because my career started with that company. Nowadays I work with Sony A7 III. My most favourite len is 50mm but recently I have tried to make some narrower frames and 85mm len fits very well for that.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Never give up. Just do Your job And don’t loot that much what other people do or think. The world of photography is an enormus place in which You will find haters and supporters. Be prepared for being criticised no matter how good photos you will take. Recognize people who have the experience in this industry and use their advices in Your favor. Remeber to always improve Your work, go on courses, talk to more experienced and successful photographers but always do Your work with faith in yourself. Also remember that in this job the only constraint is Your own imagination.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It’s great that there is a place like Your magazine to which every person can apply and show his or hers photos and publications. You give a chance to show ourselves (photographers) on a larger scale. Thank You very much for this opportrunity.