Tomasz Zienkiewicz

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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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Massimo Vecchi

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Excerpts from our interview with photographer Massimo Vecchi:

Who is Massimo Vecchi? Give us some information about you.

“Hello!” for the past 30 years now i have been in love with light and photography. I am also a former architect, a producer, an entrepreneur, as well as a husband, part of a loving family. I am a teacher and a dreamer. I live in Sicily, more specifically in Catania, Italy. This is where I have my studio and my production main base.

What was the nicest/most amusing memory you have that ever happened during a shoot?

Well I have experienced so many memorable events. Right now one in particular comes to mind.
This actually took place during one of the shootings for „Venus“. We were in Scala dei Turchi here in Sicily, when a couple of tourists came close to me in the shoot and asked if they could stay to watch the production to which I replied in affirmation. After a while, the man which was well in his sixties told me: „Mister I want to share with you, that for the first time in my life watching a nude woman I could appreciate the intense beauty without thinking about it in a sexually driven way and I wanted to thank you for this new experience“. This made me extremely happy and hopeful about the concept I have executed.

Do you think it’s easier to work as photographer now compared to before?

Once again I feel fifty/fifty regarding this topic. I think it is neither better nor
worse but rather always challenging. It is however better in that there are more resources to use and information is now more widely spread. There is an increase in the amount of people who are interested in photography. It is also much easier to get in touch with people from all around the globe.
I would say it is worse because many people think it is an easy way of art therefore the „standard“ in some areas is considered to be lower. I would consider it challenging because it is crucial that we keep raising the standard and educating our viewers through our work. To be able to communicate good principles and taking care of the quality of our work.

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