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Interview: Photographer Mariusz Jablonski (Poland)
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Mariusz Jablonski. I am 42 years old. I graduated geographer, until recently, worked in a print factory as a graphic designer, but a photograph has become my greatest passion in life. I also try to make it a way of life.
How and when did you get into photography?
The beginning of my adventure with photography is 2008, when it spontaneously bought a digital camera Sony H5. I was living in Lodz, so the opportunities and places to take pictures was missing. Lodz is ocean of inspiration, with its architecture, a specific atmosphere, the locals, the artistic climate. I do not parted with camera taking hundreds of photos. At the same time I met two great tools, which are undoubtedly Photoshop and Lightroom. To this day I try to improve their skills in this area. In time, I began to see the imperfections of the digital camera, its limitations and shortcomings. So I decided to buy a digital SLR.
What does photography mean to you?
Photography is undoubtedly my biggest passion in life. I can not imagine that I could not take pictures. It is a way for me to express themselves. It gives me fulfillment, the ability to escape from the problems of the real world. It is part of my life and I hope that it will stay.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
The most important in photography for me is a man with his body, face, emotions, so portrait and act it ranges in which the most popular and most often moving. I try to make every even a single image have told a story that the recipient will be able to interpret in their own way. Recently, very willingly I am doing the artistic sessions wedding.
I am self-taught. Still I am experimenting, looking for new forms of expression, deliberately breaking photographic rules, because I think that in today's cyber era they limit only artists. I like square frame, actually can say that I see a square. For a long time I did mostly black and white photo, but for a long time I do not avoid the color.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Initially I did not think about the final look of the photo. Just I was shooting, and if thou hast me came enjoyed. This was due probably my lack of experience, knowledge, etc. Currently, I am trying to best prepare for a photo session. I try to choose the appropriate model for the photography project, place, gadgets and props etc.
Where do you get inspiration from?
I draw my inspiration from everywhere you can tell - from television, newspapers, advertisements, video games, street everyday life. I'm also open to ideas from the people I work with. I work with both professional models and models, as well as amateurs.
Studio, on location or both?
I prefer taking pictures outdoors. My projects also create the various kinds of interiors such as: flats, houses, halls and so on. I like natural sunlight, which is why I do not like studio photographs.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
Undoubtedly, photography is my passion in life. So it was, is and will be. Without any obstacles to cooperate with many people on the basis of TFP, if you just have an interesting idea for an interesting image. Very happy to ride on a variety of photo workshop. You can not hide, however, that the photographs we try to do, that art photography does not have any money. Passion passion, but something you have to live with, because recently I make the wedding photo sessions. Only such a photograph, you can earn my money.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
My biggest success is without a doubt the participation and support of photographic fashion multimedia project "Solaris-Truth-Illusion " by designer Paulina Połoz. This project was implemented within the framework of Polish Presidency of the European Union in 2011. Photos this project has been exhibited in Madrid, Fundacion Adolfo Dominguez in august 2011.
I am also the author of the photo shoots of Lodz rock band Psychocukier (third album "Kingdom" - 2011., Fourth album, "Diamonds" - 2013.). This year, this rock band seems his fifth album (title not yet known). I was also invited to work as a photographer for the creation of this project.
In 2014, I realized his own project "Children of Mr. Macabre'u." This project is an attempt to confront the two worlds of cyberspace and the real world and the risks of this flowing for children and youth. It is also a great opportunity to work with children who are a fantastic material for a photographic session.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
I think that the greatest source of inspiration for me a man, and women in particular, women, and again women ..
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Since I bought my first SLR camera in 2009, I am faithful to Nikon system. My first model is D80, now have D700 and D7100.
In his set I have some lenses, but by far my favorite lens is Nikkor 50mm, which I make 90% of their images. I love the plasticity of this lens, blur, light weight and size. I also like the Nikkor 24-70mm for speed and accuracy of autofocus.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
A little theory to start with, but the most important thing is to practice. For those who begin their adventure with photography I would suggest first of all to do as much as possible pictures. They do not be discouraged that they gave their time, not afraid to experiment, not afraid of errors, mistakes, because they just teach. To seek his style because that's what it makes our photography is "some."
What do you think of our new magazine?
Great thing that more and more such magazines, journals, websites that support and promote the new independent photographers and other artists. This allows them to show what they do to a wider audience. Thank you very much for the invitation. I will now closely watching you.