Please welcome Portrait and Fine Art Photographer Ewa Cwikla to James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Ewa for sharing this moment with us.
Ewa Cwikla: Thank you for this opportunity and the sincere interest in my work!
JRP: Where do you call home Ewa? Has this environment been crucial to your creative process?
Ewa Cwikla: I feel at home in a group of photographers out on a shoot preferably somewhere in old buildings or in a forest.
JRP: How did you get started in photography? Do you have any formal training or assisting in your background?
Ewa Cwikla: As long as I can remember I see everything in photo’s. I always look at the light. When I was 16 years old I had my first photography class.
JRP: Name two photographers that have inspired and influenced your work.
Ewa Cwikla: Dasha Riley and Paul Huf. There are a lot of photographers that have influenced me but I feel Dasha and Paul have had the most influence on my work.
JRP: Personal projects … how do they figure in the development of your vision and technique?
Ewa Cwikla: I don’t work project wise, I do things when I want to do them. I have so many things in my head and so many things that inspire me that it is hard for me to hold on to just one project. I just feel like projects limit me in my creativity.
JRP: Do you have a project that you desire to begin or finish this year?.
Ewa Cwikla: I do want to have an exposition in Amsterdam this year. Just with portraits of women and children. All the photo’s have to be in the same style and same light. That’s hard for me because I use a lot (new) things but I want them to be in the same style. That’s a challenge for me because it is hard to keep working in one style.
JRP: Do you prefer working on location or in studio? Do you prefer artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?
Ewa Cwikla: It doesn’t matter for me where I take pictures. Just recently I worked most of my time in the studio I have at home, but more and more I’m making photo’s outside (also because of better weather) and I like it also.
I both work with artificial and available light, it depends on the situation which one I use. I regularly work with a Octabox. l prefer classic light just like in the portraits of Rembrandt.
JRP: Do you have assistants that work with you and if so what roles do they play?
Ewa Cwikla: Yes I actually have two wonderful people who help me out a lot. My husband helps me a lot, he is the best assistant. I also have a lovely assistant, Lisa. She is my mental and technical support during photo shoots
JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?
Ewa Cwikla: Two cameras: a Nikon D700 and a D800. Once in a while an analog Mamiya 645. Lens 85 1:4, 24-70 2:8, Zeiss 135 2:0, 50 1:4
JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use.
Ewa Cwikla: Photoshop CC, Topaz, Nik collection,
JRP: What do you feel is the most critical moment in the capture of your image?
Ewa Cwikla: For me this is one of the most rewarding parts of being a photographer. At that moment I see the picture I had in my head on the screen.
JRP: If not photography what would Ewa Cwikla be doing with her time?
Ewa Cwikla: Then there will be no Ewa Cwikla.
JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?
Ewa Cwikla: How to search and look at the light. Also how to capture the light.
JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?
Ewa Cwikla: Your photo is not just a regular picture. Make sure your photos have a story to tell and reveal beautiful light.
JRP: Thank you Ewa for sharing your thoughts and images with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you.
Ewa Cwikla: It is an honor to have you interview me and give me the opportunity to talk about my passion and work.
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