JRP: Fine Art Photographer Martin Marcisovsky shares his works and thoughts with James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Martin for your participation. For those of us unfamiliar with your history where do you call home?
Martin Marcisovsky: First of all many thanks for the opportunity. I am originally from Slovakia but I have been living in Dublin (Ireland) for the past 9 years.
JRP: What led to your interest in photography? Is there any formal training in your background?
Martin Marcisovsky: I’ve been taking pictures for almost 5 years now, and no I don’t have any training at all. I am purely a self-taught photographer. The images I shoot have been in my head for a long time. Ever since I arrived in Dublin they have become stronger and stronger. One day I decided to turn my visions and my feelings (good or bad) into something more visible and that is how it started. Sometimes I ask myself why I am doing it but there is no response from me. 🙂
JRP: Name some artists that have inspired and influenced your approach to your craft.
Martin Marcisovsky: Josef Koudelka is one for sure. His approach to landscapes and people in one bundle. Many others afterward for there is always someone new.
JRP: How did you develop your vision and technique?
Martin Marcisovsky: It has been a long process that requires loads of patience and lots of trials and errors. It is really hard to give an answer because it is always different for every photographer. I can only tell you if you want something so badly it will happen!
JRP: Do you have people who assist you with your projects and if so what roles do they play?
Martin Marcisovsky: My fiancé who is my biggest inspiration, a huge help and support. Her role is always different for me. Either holding a person for an unusual pose or holding different instruments in the image.
JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
Martin Marcisovsky: There is nothing unusual really … I have been shooting with a Canon 5D, and 17-40mm, 70-200, 50mm lenses. A Samyang 14mm if I’m taking architecture shots or wide landscape. I have a few ND filters and graduated ones. My next step is to buy lighting for portraits in the future.
JRP: What type of lighting do you prefer, artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?
Martin Marcisovsky: I only work with natural light right now but this is about to change later this year.
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use?
Martin Marcisovsky: I am mostly into a creative edit work flow. It is simple on one hand but very tricky on the other. It becomes a bit touchy when putting all the layers together. I currently enjoy a lot of classical straight forward post processing. This is where my photography roots come from. I use Photoshop only.
JRP: As you look through the viewfinder what is the most critical moment in the capture of your images?
Martin Marcisovsky: When all things come together at the right place. Most of the time my car is fully packed with everything I need and we head off to locations that are barely known by anyone else.
JRP: Name a shoot or project that revealed to you the distance you’ve come as an artist.
Martin Marcisovsky: I would say it was a project for the company WeTransfer. It was really successful a few months ago and has changed many things completely.
JRP: If not Fine Art Photography what would Martin Marcisovsky be doing with his time?
Martin Marcisovsky: Probably eating a lot of chocolate and listening to music. Those two things a like a lot. 🙂
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Martin Marcisovsky: Be patience and all other things will come. I know it sounds funny but it works!
JRP: What advice would you like to share with photographers?
Martin Marcisovsky: Never give up. You have to go through the obstacles to reach what you want, and don’t take things too seriously!
JRP: Thank you Martin for sharing time with us. It has been a pleasure and we wish you continued success.
Martin Marcisovsky: The pleasure was all mine. Thank you so much and good luck to you too!
JRP: To view more of Martin Marcisovsky’s photography follow this link: http://www.marcisovsky.com/