AN interview with/ lukasz wierzbowski

Lukasz, how did you get into photography?
My father introduced me to photography when I was 12, around the same time I started borrowing my mother’s compact camera and doing my first photo sessions with my cousin. When I was 15 I got my first VHS camera and got more interested in making short movies. But, a few years ago I went back to my roots and picked up analogue photography.

Why analogue?
Maybe I’m a bit old fashioned but the digital world can be overwhelming in so many ways. Film on the other hand, is mysterious and exciting on a whole different level. I love the imperfection of it, the grains, the light leaks and all those tiny unintended details that make the picture unique.

What type of camera do you use now?
Most of the time I use a Canon Rebel K2 SLR camera. It gives me full control over the image I want to capture and it’s quite easy to carry. 

How do your surroundings influence your photos?
I’m very much influenced by my surroundings. I don’t like to plan my sessions in advance so every session is very much built on the relation between my models and the place where we are shooting. I love working at the same locations several times, but walking around the city gives me a great opportunity to find brilliant new locations too.

You have anything to say with someone who’s just picking up a film camera?
Think of it as a start of a wonderful journey. Listen to your intuition, don’t be afraid to experiment or make mistakes and try to find the thing that makes you stand out.

A film, a book and a song.
-Woody Allen “Annie Hall”
-“In Search of Lost Time” by Marcel Proust
-Fleetwood Mac “Go Your Own Way”

See more of his work here.