Name: Martin Krystynek
Birthday: December 13th
College: Qualified European Photographer at the Federation of European Photographers, president of national Association of Professional Photographers of Slovak Republic
Favorite Color: black, white
Favorite Book: BRODZIAK – One [photobook]
Favorite Movie: The intouchables
Favorite Food: steaks
Favorite Quote: You have never lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you
Why do you take photos?
Taking photographs is my profession, my hobby, my love, my life.
Who have you learned the most from?
Everyday I am learning from someone. All the time Im looking with my eyes like through the lens. I see the light and how it creates beauty of the world.
What determined your passion for Fashion in Photography? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.
Im always fascinated by the beauty, beauty of people, beauty of things, beauty of nature. I never did landscapes, for me the most important is to capture the moment of someone, bed ar good.
Were you always interested in photography?
My passion for photography was given to me from early age by grandfather. Later I was trying to do modeling, so I was on some interesting shootings. While in the high school I had no time for photography, but 10 years ago I bought my first DSLR and started to discover the possibilities of digital era.
What’s the most important quality a photographer needs to have?
I think the perserverance. And talent.
What do you think makes a memorable fashion photograph?
Light, model, location, idea.
Is Brainstorming not the only creative method use to create new concepts?
Yes, but Im sharing it with my creative team, so from the idea till finish it is a long time to finalize the concept.
What type of camera do you use most?
I used to use Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Mark II. Nowadays Im using medium format Pentax 645z, which is uncomparable to work with 35mm.
What is your favorite lens?
My favourite lens was for many years Canon 70-200mm F/2.8L IS II USM.
Nowadays Im using PENTAX smc D-FA 645 55mm / 2.8. Its very universal, perfect sharp and weather sealed.
Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start?
First I am always trying to ask my clients what they want and what they expect and how much money they want to invest. Then Im trying to do some research and give them my ideas and expectations. If we can find compromise, we will work on the project then.
When you are out shooting—how much of it is instinctual versus planned?
I try to plann all the shootings, but then I shoot more instinctual. I think when you know about light in photography, you can do it.
How do you find shooting FineArts compares to shooting Fashion?
Shooting FineArts is hobby, shooting Fashion makes money for living.
What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
Good vibrations, positive feelings, beauty.
Define yourself as an artist with 4 adjectives?
Patient, persistant, positive, supportive.
Do you have any rules?
What inspires you to work? Biggest inspiration?
Every day is a beginning of something new and beautiful. My biggest inspiration is my family.
How do you feel about the transition from film to digital?
Because of the long pause from shooting, I started from the beginning in digital era. But again, if you understand light, you know how it works, its easy to learn ant to work.
What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
My favourite artist are Helmut Newton, Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Patrick Demarchelier and James Nachtwey. From the young photographers I like Szymon Brodziak and Lukas Dvorak.
Describe one of your most enjoyable projects.
My most enjoyable project was also longest and was called Sensual Beauty. Collection of photos showing 100 different faces, 100 different bodies and 100 different women in the play with lighting and shadows which arises charm, sensualism and inimitability of a woman. Collection of photos assigned to celebration of a woman as a human being, as a goddess, as a mother, sister and daughter and as a personality. Collection of photos showing a woman as beautiful as she really is. With her natural beauty, with her emotions and feelings, with her awesome body which is covered and uncovered at the same time.
What are your favourite three images you have shot recently?
My girlfriend when she was pregnant, my girlfriend with son and underwater swimming of my son.
How important is an awesome website for your business?
Today some of the photographers dont have websites, more important for photographers are social media.
Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
Most of them I see through the internet, because in my city it is very poor for exhibitions. I hope one day, people will love printed photos again.
Who are the photographer’s you admire the most?
What are your next projects?
Im starting my next project calling FACES, natural photos vs. high-end retouched photos of people.
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