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Interview: Photographer Barbara Srokowska (Poland)
Tell us something about yourself
I am 27-year-old biotechnologist and passionate photographer from Poland. I can’t imagine my life without my Husband, good food, coffee, art and my camera of course ;-) I am happy owner of two funny chihuahuas, who give me smile every single day. I love spending my free time on reading books, playing board games and meeting with my best friends. I like to travel and explore new places full of taste, beautiful views and wonderful people.
How and when did you get into photography?
It’s funny but my photographic adventure has its beginning in food. I used to run a culinary blog and I took pictures of the food I was preparing. One day I tried to take photos of a casual model and I liked it very much.
What does photography mean to you?
“If you want to see magic lands, Close your eyes and you will see one” as we can hear in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Photography is my world of imagination. I used to draw and paint a lot for a big part of my life. Now I’m creating my art with camera and I can’t live without it. Sometimes I’m trying to combine drawing with photography.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Magic, fairy tale, colorful, flowery and feminine. In this few words I can describe my style.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Mostly I get inspiration from books, nature and movies. Recently I’m trying to create my own fairy tales.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Yes, I always have a plan for photo session. I draw it in my mind, all details, colours, type of model, make up, dress and also postproduction. Of course during session there are some spontaneous shots, which I can’t predict before but I love it.
Studio, on location or both?
Location always win. I feel free and nothing limits me. I tried to work in studio where I learned to control artificial light, but it’s still not my favourite place to take photos.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
It would be great to be both. I don’t want to loose my passion in creating fairy tales pictures but I also found myself in wedding photography. It would be great to work and do what you love at the same time.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
The most memorable photo session I had in Austria two years ago. I was during my internship related to biotechnology in Brtatislava. Of course I couldn’t take my camera with me. I met a gorgeous Russian photographer and a Slovakian model, with whom we organized a photo shoot on a hill over the Danube at sunset. It was a great experience.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Really hard to say what was the biggest. Sometimes I watch a movie with great ideas for photo session such as Snowhite and the Huntsman, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The Maleficent etc.. Sometimes during traveling I discover places that strongly inspires me and I made up the whole session. Also board games graphics from fantasy world are a great inspiration.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Nikon! :) My favourite lens is Nikkor 50 mm / 1.4.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Do not lose your faith in yourself and even with the worst criticism, draw good conclusions that will allow you to develop your talent.
What do you think of our new magazine?
It is very fresh and modern. It is relly nice that you give an opportunity to present models and photographers in your Magazine. Great work in keep doing this! :)