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Interview with Ewa Cwikla – The Winner of Conceptual and Photo Manipulation Category at B&W CHILD 2016

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Q: Dear Ewa! We are so happy to have you here! First of all, we want to congratulate you for winning the First Place in The Conceptual and Photo Manipulation Category at B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half! So how does it feel to be one of the winners on a such a strong photo competition?

A: Thank you for this wonderful prize! I’m really happy and honored. I would like to congratulate to all the winners! Well done! It is always surprising and then that wonderful feeling of YES! It’s a huge satisfaction. Every year, the talent and the quality of images just keeps getting better and better. Images entered at B&W CHILD 2016, Second Half were incredible. Many talented and amazing photographers took part in this edition.

Q: We cannot wait to hear the story behind the photograph “The Mask”. Can you please tell us how did you get idea for this photograph? Can you reveal the process “making of” this photograph?

A: The story began in Poland in the summer in June 2016. Model Nina brought the old mask and when i saw it, I knew what I am going to do with it.  The picture was formed and inspired by beautiful model Nina. Nina is a model that fits like no other to my story with a mask. When I gave her the mask to hold in her hand and when I saw the scene already I knew how  the final photograph is going to look like, I simply knew what to do. A few weeks later When a few weeks later when I started editing, I was in a real elation when I saw the final effect.

Ewa Cwikla - 1st Place in the Conceptual and Photo Manipulation category at B&W CHILD 2016 Photo Competition

“The Mask” by Ewa Cwikla – 1st place in The Conceptual and Photo Manipulation Category at B&W Child 2016

Q: You are with us from the year one. What’s your impression of B&W CHILD 2016 PHOTO COMPETITION? What do you think of your “rivals”?

A: I feel with you at home and always in the company of the best photographers. I also see more and more of famous names from all over the world that participate in your contests. This is a proof that professional panel of judges in CPC choose the photographs that have the “soul” and high quality.

Child portraits by Ewa Cwikla

Q: Can you tell us who were your favorite photographers and photos from the Second Half of B&W CHILD 2016?

A: OLGA AGEEVA, RUSSIA – THE GRAND WINNER OF B&W CHILD 2016. I am delighted with the sensitivity of her image. 1ST PLACE IN THE SILHOUETTE CATEGORY Batman” by Anna Kuncewicz, Poland. I like “Batman” because of wonderful creativity of the author. I think that all the winners showed in their photos pieces of their soul and it is precisely you also see and appreciate. Pure photography with emotions and story.

Little girl and bird

Q:  We follow your work for years. We noticed you had a huge jump in your body of work in 2016. Can you tell us more about this? What happened? 🙂 Is this jump the result  of practice, experience, inner thoughts, maturity, certain workshop?

A: I am over 20 years into photography with a private company and the studio. Last 3 years I started to photograph more for myself, my soul and not just for profit and clients. After so many years doing photography for my clients, I am truly enjoying this feeling of discovering myself as an artist. I strive to make photographs that represent me, my persona and how I feel.

Child portrait by Ewa Cwikla

Q: Emotion or technical side of photography?

A: If I have to choose between emotion or technique, emotion would always win.  You can always learn technique while emotions are miracle. Emotions are always close to each of us, but not seen by every photographer. Photographer that sees, makes miracle photographs!

Emotional child photography by Ewa Cwikla

Q:  How your typical day looks like?

A: I wake up and check out what’s the weather like. Then I take my dogs for a walk and my cameras and I’m looking for beautiful morning light. I get a cup of coffee, and I enjoy. I do this every time when it’s a beautiful, sunny day. After the walk, I check my emails, edit photographs or I have a meeting in the studio. I live next to my shop / studio so I am near photography and my work even when I cook and do domestic stuff. When I finish daily domestic stuff, lunch with my husband I go back to my studio and work. So..entire day I am pretty much into photography. (happy face)

Photos of children taken in forrest and nature

Q: How and when did you realize that fine art photography is “your thing”?

A:  I think I always felt fine art photography was part of me, but when I started out 20 years ago, I wasn’t doing fine art photography. I started my business for portrait, wedding and nature photography. Digital photography offers more possibilities and more imagination, it definitely inspired me to experiment more with my own photography.When i started photography, 20 years ago, I started with analog camera and I learned everything on my own.

Fine Art photography by Ewa Cwikla

Q:  Are you a full time photographer?

A: Yes, since 1995.

Boy playing accordion

1st Place in The Fine Art Category at B&W CHILD 2015

Q: How much of your story comes to life during actual shooting, and how much during the editing?

A: It is varies, sometimes when I take pictures, I know in advance how final photograph is going to look like. Sometimes it’s a simple portrait without too much editing, sometimes it includes a lot of editing. I think you should start each photo with a real good concept and know what you want to do with photos. But leisure;) ha ha experiment.

Serious portrait of a young girl

Honorable Mention at B&W CHILD 2015

Q: What are your goals you set in photography that you are yet to archive?

A: I love street photography but somehow I do not have boldness to go on the street with my camera. I truly hope I will challenge myself in this genre of photography.

Fine art child photography

Q: Can you give a piece of advice for photographers who are reading this interview?

A: Ha ha advice ?……..o this one:  See all the adventure and catch the light.

Unique and bold child photography by EWa Cwikla

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