Fine-art, nude and portrait photographer. Born in 1975 in Szczecin, currently living in United Kingdom. Self-taught photographer. In his work he mainly engages in portraits and creative photography. He usually uses large format camera with classic photosensitive materials but also x-ray films. The winner of a golden medal award in the Prix de la Photographie Paris PX3 and a laureate of 2012 Hasselblad Masters competition. His works are being shown at several exhibitions across the world.
How and when did you become interested in photography?
I’m interested in photography since my early age. I was about 12 when I started to attend photography club at my primary school. Most of the people in my family were taking the pictures so it was natural for me to start. But I started to treat it more serious about 10 years ago after shooting portrait session with professional model. She was real pro working on cat walks in Milan. It was great opportunity, and after that I realized that shooting pictures of people is what I really wanna do.
Is there any artist/photographer who inspired your art?
At some point I was really inspired by Irving Penn and Rodney Smith. I was also influenced by Mark Laita’s “created equal” series, and by some pictures of Jan Saudek. But honestly at some point I realized it would be the best to go my own way, to try to not work under the influence and not to be too much inspired if you know what I mean. It’s really good to look on the pictures of the masters, but it’s absolutely crucial to find your own style.
Why do you work in black and white rather than colour?
I prefer simplicity of BW images. The shadow play also looks nicer for me in monochrome images. Even when I’m shooting my commercial stuff in colour, my camera is turn to black and white preview for most of the time.
How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph/series of photographs?
I cannot answer you straight away. It’s too much of a difference between the project and even the particular pictures. The first thing I need to say about my projects is that I never know when it starts, and in most cases I’m not sure when it’s finished. In most cases it looks like that: I’m finding new idea for a few pictures, and after shooting the photos I’m judging if it’s worth to continue or if I can find the way to make it more coherent. If I think it’s possible, I continue with the project. And in most cases I’m never finished. Let’s say at example of my “two people project” – I think that it would be boring to continue that, but on the other hand I don’t mind to shoot some more pictures within that theme if I’ll find out something interesting. I don’t really have a long term plans about my pictures, most of my pictures were shot ad lib. I’m improvising a lot on the sessions. Just in a few cases I planned everything before session. I’m a chaotic person…
I’m mostly using large format camera, so it means that I’m not shooting a lot of pictures on each session. In most cases I’m just taking 6 pictures or so. On each shooting I’m setting up the plan, checking everything carefully for a few times, and when I’m happy with what I see – I’m shooting one picture. Then I’m rearranging everything slightly, and again shooting. That how it works for me for most of the time.
Where is your photography going? What projects would you like to accomplish?
At the moment I shot a few portrait of an “old school British Bikers”, and thought that I will continue it as a project as I found it really interesting for me. So, probably I will continue it this year. And honestly I don’t know if I’ll finish it or no. Probably it’s one of the “never finished” projects. As my “Portrait of a Man” series. I’m all of the time able to find some interesting face to make the portrait.