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Photographer: Daniel Chorup

"Daniel Chorup is Polish photographer based out of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Nomad by choice and a photographer by passion. 100% organic, self taugh and manic-depressive.

A unique and different style, his creative portrait and fashion photography will blow you away. A eye to detail while using strange objects and backgrounds will keep you coming back. You cannot actually label his style, it is so different and unique you just have to check it out for yourself."

 

How and when did you start with photography?

 

 I got a really late start with photography, ti all begin something like seven years ago. I was burned out, depressed and looking for some new and creative way to express myself. It started not with photography themselves but with photoshop. I was working a lot with stock images of other people until I realize that I can't find the pictures which could fit the ideas living in my head so it was time to go out and shoot my own photographs. Of course it was lot of time, learning and afford before I got first pictures which was quite satisfiyng to me. I never could have imagined that photography would become a career for me, and it’s still a struggle at times, but to have accomplished so much in such a short time really blows my mind.

 

What is your goal?

 

Keep learning and progress as a photographer and human being.

 

 

What does photography mean to you?

 

Photography for me is an escape from everyday life and thus I can express feelings, thoughts, and a different point of view of life. It's travel inside of my mind helping myself discover unknown territories and bring the reportage from this interior country to the viewer.

model: Gabriel King Pedersen

Model: Abraxas

MUA: Kasia Golenia

Model: Be Joy Chandu Sanjeev

MUA: Urszula Van Dommelen

How does your work differ from what other people do?

 

Mostly the fact that I'm not trying to capture the right moment, rather create one which tell some story about myself and my subject. Next thing is I'm not trying to mimic my favourites photographer, I'm looking for my own language and style and it's not only the topic of the pictures but also the way how I work with light and how I later postproduce the photo. This is a more emotive and creative style of photography which a certain type of audience finds appealing.

 

Where do you get your inspiration from?

 

Daydreaming. Spending time in your own head is very important thing. You can't be afraid of yourself, you have to embrace your darker side which you try to usually hide from the other people.

I like reading and watching movies, but mostly I find that it's things I have seen or read a long time ago that come back to me. Light and location are also key sources of inspiration since they are so essential to good photographs. And of course the other photographers are an immense source of inspiration, as well.

 

Do you plan your photo in advance?

 

Yes, I usualy have some idea which I try to work out. Not always I have ready picture in my mind but at least I like to start with some sketch, knowing what way I should go, which lighting or which location I should choose to achieve expected results.

 

 

 

 

 

Model: Ellen Lovebite

Model: Àine Atum - MUA: Katie Larcombe

Model: Ola

By: Michel Zoeter

MUA Mirjam van Wiggen - Model Noëlla Mawuenyega

Do you use postproduction? How do you change the photo?

 

I'm one of the person who belive  editing is a part of creative process. I always shoot raw files and find it very important to get as much as possible done in Camera Raw. Then I open picture in Photoshop to work on skin and do some final touches.

 

What is your preference? Location or studio?

 

I can't say I prefer one more than other. Both have pros as well as cons. I will choose studio or location depending on work which I have to do and story which I want to tell.

 

What kind of location or object do you feel attracted to?

 

Empty spaces with the sign of decay and lot of characters are my favourite things.

 

Where or what do you want to shoot again? 

 

I would love to work with the model in  some of the awsome urbex location like abandoned hospital or theater.

 

What is the most important thing that you’ve learned?

 

I learn how important are the failures in the learning curve. Same in photography as well as in life.

 

What are your plans for the future? What can we expect from you?

 

I’d love to grow the commercial side of my business so I can live my dream of photographer life. For other hands I would like to take my arty stuff little bit further and more radical.

 

What do you look for in a model with whom you work?

 

A pretty or even beautiful model is not enough. The best models are like great actors working with emotions and I always look for a someone with a range of expressions and not just a beautiful face.

 

What do you think of our magazine?

 

Great platform for both (model and photographer) sides of creative process.

 

Do you have a massage for the modelling world?

 

World doesn't start and doesn't finish in fashion. Doesn't matter you are tall or thiny, skinny or plus sized, find your way in modelling and be yourself, living your dream. You are unique.

 

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http://www.danielchorup.com/

 

 

 

Model: Esther Van Kleeff - MUA: Katie Larcombe

Model: Heather May

Model: Lean van der Biezen -  MUA: Patrice Troost