Duration: Five years.
Location: I work between Berlin, Germany, and Warsaw, Poland.
Education: BA in design and technology from University College of Northern Denmark, Aalborg, Denmark; some photography education from the Akademia Fotografii, Warsaw, Poland.
Career path: After completing my studies, I worked for a few years as a graphic designer and art director at ad agencies, where I learned how to work with commercial clients, briefs and the different roles in commercial production. During that time, I took part in a two-year weekend course at the Akademia Fotografii. I started a position at DDB Warsaw, where I had the chance to oversee and art direct plenty of photoshoots. At some point, I realized that photography was my true passion, so I left my full-time job and started freelancing—first doing both graphic design and photography and then moving to photography full time after two years.
Artistic influences: I draw inspiration from different places and then mix them my own way. I love Bauhaus and brutalism for their purity of form, while at the same time, I admire David Hockney and Henri Matisse’s color palettes. I also find inspiration from the works of classic painters like Hieronymus Bosch and Albrecht Dürer. Mixing such a variety of references enables me to create work that’s unique.
Favorite projects: The series Feast, which I created in collaboration with floral designer Cosmos Plantea. This project enabled us to show a different approach to ikebana, or the Japanese art of flower arrangement. Also, I am a huge fan of plants.
I also like the “Material World” editorial for Scentury magazine. Together with set designer Natalia Mleczak, I captured visual interpretations of scents inspired by different materials. We played with brutalist set design captured in a picturesque light.
Work environment: I have a small studio space that serves as a playground in which I can test things out and work on concepts. I also use the space to shoot small editorial or personal projects. For larger productions, I tend to rent studios depending on what’s required for the specific shoot. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I used to work a lot at cafés where I would meet my collaborators and clients over a cup of coffee.
Aspirations: Some time ago, I started working more on moving images. In the future, it would be great to explore this field more in depth. In fact, I’m currently working on a very special personal short film—so stay tuned for that! I also enjoy shooting beauty products and accessories, so I’m looking for new opportunities to shoot those products for both editorial and commercial clients.
Philosophy: Don’t be afraid to try out new things. Go with your gut feeling.