Kamila Solarz is a talented photographer and student currently based in Gdynia, Poland. Kamila shoots a lot of beauty and fine art portraits. Let us hear more from the photographer herself…
Tell us a little bit about you:
My name is Kamila Solarz, I’m a young photographer currently live in Gdynia, Poland. I’m studying in the School of Fine Arts majoring in photography and working in a modeling agency. I’m 18 years old. I usually take photographs of women which deal with creation photography and fashion.
How long have you been a photographer?
What first drew you to portrait photography and how did you discover it?
It’s hard to define. When I started to become interested in photography, I was doing many pictures without thinking. Landscapes, animals, macro photography. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t find this kind of photography as worse from portraits, but-as I sad-I was simply doing this without thinking and feeling it. I started to photograph people because I expected something more. Portraits and creation photography gives me an opportunity to really share my feelings with others, telling stories and know new, interesting people. I don’t remember a particular moment when I discovered it. At the beginning my model was my friend, but people have always inspired me so I wanted to develop my passion with meeting new people and creating some history on images with their participation.
How would you describe your style?
You know, it’s really difficult moment for me to answer questions like this one. 🙂 I’m at that point when I actually don’t know where is my way in photography. Now I try to create delicate, predominantly unsaturated colours of pictures and usually comparing a man and nature. But I can’t call my current photographs satisfactory , I know that my perception is constantly changing and I am very critical of myself. I think I cannot define my style yet.
If someone is interested in portrait photography, what would you recommend they try doing to get into the field?
According to me the most important things in portrait photography take place before shooting. Conversation , make the other person feel at ease with us , create a good atmosphere, all of this for me is reflected in the picture. What I recommend is to choose an unknown person of an exceptional face, maybe meeting on the street and asking her/him if she/he would like to create some pictures with us and asking for a contact. It’s difficult and I know about it but you can meet really interesting people and create some amazing images in that way. 🙂
What kind of equipment do you use now, and what did you start with?
Since I have started to photograph, I work on a Nikon D90, usually with Nikkor AF-S 50mm f / 1.4G. I use too often different small picturesque analogue cameras. Occasionally, I also work on medium format (Kiev 60).
Where do you find inspiration to make your photographs?
You know, sometimes I can’t create anything new for months. And then I notice something quite small like a gesture, sentence, someone’s action and I know what should I do next. 🙂 The worst thing you can do is just looking for it irrationally, without stopping. I think you need to give yourself time to clarify your thoughts, but of course I’m talking about your own projects. It is known that with the orders you don’t have that convenience, often something must be done quickly. In this case I inspire by people in themselves- models, designers, stylists.
A photographer who inspires you?
I don’t have only one, really. Of course I admire masters such as Richard Avedon, Peter Lindbergh, Duane Michals. But today we watch thousands of photos each day so I have many photographers whose style is interesting for me. Really good young photographers from Poland are for me Aleksandra Zaborowska, Piotr Pietryga, Sonia Szóstak.
Briefly describe a Day in the Life of Kamila Solarz!
I’m still learning, so my typical morning… try to wake up at good time and go to school. After classes I work in a modeling agency but it’s more remote work. I always want to do many things at the same time and it sometimes does not go as I expected. After school/work I try to do something for myself- go workout, meet with friends or just take a walk. At the evening and usually at most part of night I postproduce my pictures, collect new ideas. I think that I don’t have a typical day because now I’m living, learning and working in Gdynia, but my home is 300 km far away. When I come back, I spend my days differently. I also realy like to travel so I use every opportunity to go somewhere and get to know something new . For me, every day is simply to experience something new so I’m still during my journey. 🙂
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