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Interview: Photographer Wojciech Śwircz (Poland)
Tell us something about yourself
Hi! I`m Wojtek from Poland. I`m ex-poet, philosopher (MA Degree), photographer. Shooting fashion, beauty, underwater and weddings. I like sailing, riding; I don`t like flying.
How and when did you get into photography?
Some years ago, I was a painter. I had a few my paintings and I didn`t know, how to sell them. I wasn`t good on selling something (still prefer buying). So I bought a Canon 7d, two lenses and decided shoot fashion. Yes, I know. But to learn about it, I begun shoot weddings. And that`s how it works. Now - as I`ve said before - I shoot weddings and fashion. I also have a better camera.
What does photography mean to you?
It`s my work. My passion. A path.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
Haha! I can`t do that!
Where do you get inspiration from?
I listen music, read books, stare at paintings. Drink, smoke. That kind of stuff.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Mostly yes, but it depens. I try - and sometimes it`s really tough - to combine in one picture (or editorial) sacrum and profanum. The sign, symbol of something bigger, smarter and more enigmatic than we are.
Studio, on location or both?
In studio there is control and you know, what will happen. On location there isn`t control and you don`t know, what will happen. I love both.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
What has been your most memorable session and why?
Remeber all of them. The most memorable session is yet to come.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
Rembrandt. Caravaggio. Bach. Nietzsche. Sexuality, history and secret societies.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Both are great. I shoot Canon, becouse the design of Canon`s suits me. And lenses. Well, i like 100mm f2.0, 50mm f1.4. 35mm f1.4 is fine too.
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Be brave. Don`t give up.
What do you think of our new magazine?
Really like it. Go on!