Sunday, 14 September 2014

Dunes



Apart from The Beauty & the Beast shoot (with horses), which could only be compared to a circus and taming wild animals, the shoot on the Baltic cost was the second most challenging ever to plan and to execute. Even something as trivial as wind seemed to be playing its tricks on us, it was so strong that none of my assistants were able to hold the reflector without being blown away (hence all the shots were done with natural light only). But hey, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. 
So ladies and gentlemen please find below the images from our desert expedition shot in May this year.


















































Photography: Karolina Amberville
MUA: Magdalena Skoczylas 
Stylist: Ewa Michalik 
Model: Malgosia / GAGA

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Weronika


Continuing the 'simplicity' theme, please see below some images taken of the gorgeous Weronika. They were shot with natural light against a black backdrop. These are the type of images that usually are done for an agency book for a model with basic makeup and simple clothing. They are to show the model the way she really is, like a blank canvas.
I shot these images in Zlodziejewo during the workshops with Wiktor Franko.
I was told off for the last image (for using a prop) but I couldn't resist, Weronika looks too good with a cigarette! 
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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pride Magazine Editorial


Simplicity... it's the hardest thing in photography, well, in my opinion. I've always had a million ideas but keeping it simple requires a certain amount of discipline, self-restraint even. Let me explain; when you start taking photos in the beginning of your photographic journey, all you think is props, props and more props; different objects that you are going to shoot through; filters and even more filters, cropping, chopping etc until the original image doesn't even look like a photograph anymore... Creative photography is fun because it's... creative! Sometimes the creation is a hit, sometimes a total miss but when you start you don't really care, the fun is just too much allure to resist. The freedom of doing what you want to do. So trying to shoot simple images, with simple posing and one light compared to all that universe of possibilities can seem like a bore. But the more I shoot, the more I'm inclined to challenge myself to make it work by keeping it simple. 











Six of the above images were published as a fashion editorial in the July PRIDE Magazine available in major newsagents in the UK.






Wednesday, 16 July 2014

About The Exorcist

Last winter we had so many wind-storms passing by London that a lot of old trees fell to the ground. I wanted to shoot an exorcist theme for a long time but only this specific tree that I found fallen dead in Clapham Common set things in motion. The location reminded me of the rite 'Dziady' that was an ancient Slavic feast commemorating the forefathers. Literally, the word is translated as "Grandfathers". It was held twice every year (in the spring and autumn). During the feast the ancient Slavs organised ritual meals. In local mythologies such feasts were organised both for the living and for the souls of the forefathers who joined the dziady after dark. 
When you talk to someone about 'Exorcist' they usually have the typical Hollywood supernatural horror movie in mind. Alternatively there is the Roman Catholic context, where an exorcist is a person who is believed to be able to cast out the devil or other demons... But I chose not to use crosses, nuns or other religious objects. It was supposed to be a fashion story after all with some connotation to the past and ancient tradition.
BTW, all shots are done around this fallen tree and we had 8 changes of clothes done in pouring rain. The whole shoot was done in about 120 minutes which I think is super quick for an editorial but sometimes you have to work with what you have got!














I am the sorceress, 
Down in the deep, 
I am the earth, 
Under your feet...
- 'Messiah' Madonna