Interview: Photographer Aleksandra Buca (Poland)
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Tell us something about yourself
I’m a passionate photographer and retoucher. My actual profession is interior designer. In the future I’m planning on taking a photography course.
How and when did you get into photography?
I got my first semi-professional camera from my parents for my birthday. Then I started to take photos. In the beginning my friends modeled for me. At some point (it’s hard to say exactly when) I had applications from other people who wanted to model for me as well . I remember that then I spent a lot of time in photoshop to improve my skills as a retoucher.
What does photography mean to you?
First and foremost photography means contact with people. It’s a great possibility to get to know someone new who shares the same passion. Also I really love preparing everything for the photoshoot. Sometimes the process takes a few weeks. After that time we meet together on the day of the session and then we create something that was only a concept before.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
What I aim for in my photos are fragility, subtlety and naturalness. What I consider important is my sensitivity finding reflection in my work.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I admire a lot of photos on Instagram, Pinterest and in artistic photo albums. I’m following people which are inspirational for me, for example Sonia Szóstak, Kasia Bielska from Poland and of course Mario Testino.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
I care about fragility in the pictures. This is something I pay the most attention to.
Studio, on location or both?
I’m working in both a studio and on location but I prefer studio because it gives me the possiblity to create the whole photoshoot set.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I am a hobbyist, but I would like to make a living doing photography.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
I recently had the opportunity to take my sister’s wedding photos. I think it was the most important session for me because of our relationship.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
For me bodies are the most inspirational . Depending on how we show them we are able to express a lot. For me, the body is primarily a form.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I work on Nikon. Favourite lens - Sigma 85mm, f/1 ,4
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I find showing a piece of yourself in the photos very important, then they become more authentic.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Well, I think it’s quite fantastic! It’s amazing to be able to find you on the site, thank you very much. :)