Grzegorz tries to combine two worlds, one created from pure fantasy and artistic creation, and the other based on the latest commercial trends and requirements. He loves the ambiguity in photography and its deceptive simplicity. Using images, he creates his own art and his own stories.
How would you describe your style?
My work in three words is: photography, styling and creative content.
Photography is my work and hobby, I divide it into two parts: Photography that I create for myself and the viewer, where I try to make it as a combination of truth and beauty. The second part is applied, commercial photography, which I co-create according to projects. But even then, I always stick to the direction of photographing people, trying to fully control that the style of photography is always on the side of the photos I like.
What is very important to me is uncomplicated, simple and subtle composition of photography.
I like work in the studio because it separates me from my surroundings. I like the classic style of portrait photography based on light control, mainly with one light. I don’t strobe and shoot by light. I paint it, extracting from the shadows only what I want to show. Working with the person on the other side of the lens, the most important thing for me is symbiosis, getting to know each other.
Why do you like working with Rotolights?
With Rotolight, the whole world is my studio. I like this great combination of strong constant light and flash light. The immeasurable benefit is the speed of assembly, ease of use and intuitiveness of work.
In my career, I have tested many solutions. With Rotolight I have full control, from the power, to the color temperature of the light. These are the most functional lights on the market and a new standard to work with. The ergonomics and the technology used is also important, Rotolight’s can illuminate any photo set as well as television studio and cinema set. This is really PRO shelf for creative photographers – the best solution I’ve come across.
What advice would you give people going into photography?
The difficulty in photography is not in skill, it is inspiration that is more important than knowledge. We cannot focus solely on the technical aspects.
In the case of photography, we talk a bit bourgeois, about composition, sharpness, processing, and therefore forgetting about emotions, form of message or story. In order to be a photographer, apart from the equipment, you need a sense of aesthetics, this fleeting thought, an attempt to build a narrative about what photography is about.
The camera is a simple tool, and its most important element is the mind, because photographs cannot be taken from emptiness. They are created from the imagination, they should be the after image of the images registered with our eyes, the films we have seen, the books we have read and the songs we have heard.
What is your favourite Rotolight product?
In portrait photography, I work with Rotolight AEOS 2 + Rotoligt R90 on a daily basis. I like the classic soft light that brings out the model. The R90 softbox does a great job of controlling what I want to achieve, and on AEOS 2 I can quickly change the light style from flash to continuous depending on the conditions or effects I want to achieve. I don’t have to think about that. Working with this set is like brushing my teeth – I just do it.
Mobility and quality are also important when it comes to working in a commercial or business portrait. The speed of preparing the shooting plan is also of great importance. With Rotolight, I set up the lights instantly and have more time on set to work with the model in front of the lens.
Your favourite project you’ve worked on?
I don’t have a favorite photo project. It’s trivial to say that the best photo is the one that will be taken tomorrow. I take a lot of these photos, but sometimes it seems to me that it is not enough. That if I don’t photograph, I stop living. Each project, each meeting is another challenge. The next session I want to do even better than the previous one. It’s such a constant striving for something great that releases energy for new ideas.
I also think that this is why I photograph, because I want to be remembered.