Excerpts from our interview with photographer Tomasz Zienkiewicz:
Hi Tomasz, tell us about you and how did you start photography?
Hi, first of all I would like to say that I do not consider myself as a photographer despite doing it as a profession and this is due to the fact that I did not study photography during tertiary education. Photography started as a passion for me. At the time I was still working as a manager for a company. I would take pictures during any spare time I had. I enjoyed my freedom to shoot what I liked, because there were no expectations, no pressure coming from clients; no deadlines etc..
The more shoots I had done the more drawn to photography I had become. After four years of training and experimenting I decided to to do this on a professional basis. So it took me about eight years to build my portfolio.
Today I earn my money from giving workshops, commercial and private shoots.
What do you like about your photography and what would you like to improve?
There is something beyond photography that I always liked. The psychology, the emotions and sensuality. It was always about that. You learn to listen to people, learn to understand their emotions and capture that in your photographs.
When you ask about improvement it‘s tricky to answer. I like to keep my photography believable and natural. Although I know that I could improve my retouching or my lighting setups, I refuse to do it.
First of all I am too lazy, but more important is that if I put more energy in improving my preparations, lighting and retouching, my pictures would look completly different. It would push them too much towards the world of perfection and I don‘t want that.
A good model …
… is someone who can act, who can feel and is able to cooperate.
Sometimes you get a great looking model, but there is nothing more. No emotions. It’s like shooting a doll who you cannot talk to. A good model cooperates, understands my intentions, creates a proper mood and helps making much more than just a picture of a beautiful woman.
Honestly I think that my best shoots have been those where I could freely cooperate with the model. We had a lot of fun; we understood each other and we were able to capture authentic emotions.
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