Spotlight Interview … Surreal Photographer Sarolta Ban


Surreal Photographer Sarolta Ban joins us on James Robinson Photography Blog. Thank you Sarolta for sharing your thoughts and images with us.

Sarolta Ban: Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

JRP: Where do you call home Sarolta?

Sarolta Ban: I live in Budapest, Hungary.

JRP: What led to your interest in photography? Is there any formal training in your background?


Sarolta Ban: No, I don’t have any previous training background. I started photo manipulation as a hobby and learned the ways to prepare the images from trial and error.

JRP: Who are some of the artists that have inspired and influenced your work?

Sarolta Ban: I don’t feel I get my inspirations from other artists but from every day happenings in my life, or from existing images of mine. There are a lot of artists who I admire like Chema Madoz, or Robert and Shana Parke – Harisson.

JRP: How did you develop your vision and technique early on?

Sarolta Ban: I had some ideas and I tried to develop them. I was trying different techniques and I learned the ways to prepare a new image on my own. Still, I don’t prepare images “from the book” but my own way. I’m sure there are easier ways to prepare images like mine. 🙂

JRP: Do you have people who assist you with your projects and if so what roles do they play?


Sarolta Ban: I have Andras who is handling my business. I have friends who sometimes send me pictures from places where I couldn’t get to by myself.

JRP: What would I find in your camera bag for a typical shoot?

Sarolta Ban: Only my Nikon Camera. 🙂

JRP: What type of lighting do you prefer, artificial or available light? What are your most often used light modifiers?


Sarolta Ban: I don’t have a studio and I don’t like to use flash, so I only use available light . 🙂

JRP: Please describe your digital work flow and the software you use? What must one do to master the image processing of their craft?

Sarolta Ban: I work on a picture from a few hours to a couple of days, and many times I use up to 100 different layers on a picture.

JRP: What is the most critical moment in the capture of your images?

Sarolta Ban: Sharpness. 🙂

JRP: Name a shoot or project that revealed to you the distance you’ve come as an artist.


Sarolta Ban: I had been putting together my first photo book when I realized how hard it is to choose 56 images. I have so many I love. 🙂

JRP: If not artistic photography what would Sarolta Ban be doing with her time?

Sarolta Ban: I still love to do jeweler design.

JRP: What has been the best advice given to you by another photographer?

Sarolta Ban: Earlier in 2012 I had an exhibition in Budapest, Hungary which was opened by Zoltán Vancsó ( and his words were really magnificent for me.

JRP: What advice would you like to share with other photographers?


Sarolta Ban: The most important is to develop your own style in photography.

JRP: Thank you Sarolta for sharing this time with us. It has been a pleasure talking with you, and we wish you continued success.

Sarolta Ban: Thank you!

JRP: To view more of Sarolta Ban’s photography please follow this link:


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