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Lukasz Majewski
Lukasz Majewski
Geographic location Semi-professional photographer, Warsaw, Poland
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When and how do you start to create?

About 5 years ago, I bought my first camera - it was Canon 450D, from that moment I started to be interested in everything that is related to photographic equipment and photography itself. However, only the discovery of analogue photography has brought me full satisfaction.

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Do you went to an art school or self-taught?

At the beginning I read books, blogs and magazines myself, but soon after I went to the private photography school, where I got to know what analogue photography is, photographic darkroom and how to work with film/photographic paper.

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Do you create as a professional or for your own?

Mainly I work for myself, friends, and recommended people, but I'm close enough to just going to professional, commercial work.

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How do you learn and work your skill?

I read books, manuals, I watch albums, and above all I talk to others. Of course there is a huge amount of tutorials, but practice, exercises, tests are the best solution.

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What do you like in this art, your motivation?

First of all, individualism and self-expression. Certainly inorganic possibilities of creating, surprising.

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What do you want to express or arouse in those who watch your work?

Attachment to aesthetics, nobility, propagation of analogue photography and noble techniques.

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What are your favourite subject(s)?

I think, first of all, the architecture, which is beautifully harsh, symmetrical and contrasting for me. Now I am trying to look for it in portraits.

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How do you prepare a creation or project work?

Sometimes it is a very quick thought, sometimes an idea that stays in your head for a very long time. Sometimes it takes a moment to do something worthwhile. I take notes, quick photos so that I can prepare a plan. I check what I can do in a given place, whether I have permission, whether I have well-prepared equipment.

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What are your prefered moment(s) when you create?

The most important for me is "my cadency" (work rate). I need to know that everything I do is my will and I am not addicted to others.

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What are your most representative creations, and why? (links)

I love to take pictures, develop them yourself in the darkroom, but only what I transfer to paper gives me the greatest satisfaction. Then I feel that a given picture, a frame, is a finite work. In my gallery there are such works (Pallad, VanDyke), which besides taking the picture required "manual work" to transfer to paper.

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What are you trying to share via your art?

Propagating noble techniques, photography itself as a form of self-expression and art.

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Who are artists that fascinate or give you inspiration? (links)

Oh, there are many of them, and each of them (Rodchenko, Gursky, Araki, Avedon, Newton, Penn, Gilden, and others) influence me differently. It seems to me that it is important to look wide, to receive others, to draw on their knowledge and look for themselves.

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What equipment and/or technic do you use?

In 95% it is analogue photography. I work, test, learn to discover the format: 35mm, 6x6, 6x9, 6x17, 4x5 ", 8x10", 30x40cm, ... working on films, x-ray, photographic paper, 8x10" Polaroids and finishing the frame on a copy using Cyanotype, Van Dayke Brown, or Pallad. Now I also get to know Gumoil and I see huge potential in it.

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How and why your work as changed since you started?

Above all, practice, getting to know myself, discovering what makes me happy, what I pay attention to. All this influenced my perception of photography as a whole. I'm learning all the time, I'm developing all the time and I want to know more and more about it all the time.

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What does the Internet media give you?

First and foremost, access to unlimited knowledge, instructions, tutorials ect and access to artists' database.

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What are you expecting from Art Limited and/or other members?

Sharing knowledge, supporting work evaluation, giving suggestions on how and what to improve. Of course, I do not forget about getting new contacts, maybe commercial orders.

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What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Work hard, be open to knowledge, but also to constructive criticism. Get to know yourself.

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If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?

I would like to work in such a way that photography would be an ever larger part of me, that it would complement me and I it.

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What are your plans in the future?

I plan to start commercial work, orders that will not only stabilize, but also discover new forms of expression.

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Do you have anything else to say?

I could talk about my love of photography for a long time, which is why I think I could continue it in another interview.

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