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Interview with Kamila Celary-Kmiecik – The Winner of CPC Portrait Awards, June 2018

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Q: First of all, we want to congratulate you on winning our first contest on CPC
Portrait Awards! How does it feel to be a winner?

A: Thank you. This award means a lot to me. I feel like my wings are spreading. Also
that gives me faith that I can do more and do this better.

Interview with Kamila Celary-Kmiecik

Q: Can you introduce us to Kamila? What is your background? Where do you live? How old are you?

A: I’m 35 years old,  happily married and the mother of my son Tymek who is 7. I come from a little gorgeous town named Glucholazy. Currently, I live with my family in Olesnica,
Poland.

Q: Can you tell more about the winning photograph “Amelia”?

A: This portrait is a very simple composition – its a mixture of my favorite colors
and favorite light – natural light. I was thinking about this portrait for a while since I
have seen that old building for the first time – old smithy – those beautiful doors and
cobblestone flooring. I was patiently looking for the ideal model – and I finally met
Amelia. When I first saw Amelia I knew it that we both will create something special.

Interview with Kamila Celary-Kmiecik
Winning photograph “Amelia”

Q: Who is Amelia?

A: Amelia is a very beautiful, sensitive but also very bubbly young lady. She is a mix
of charm and strong character. She isn’t a professional model but I can say with a full
confidence that she could easily get into a modeling. She is very patient and open for
any suggestions. She is like a beautiful flower that blossoms as the work goes on.

Interview with Kamila Celary-Kmiecik
Q: Do you have an official education in photography?

A: I didn’t attend any school where photography was the main subject. I was studying
Polish Philology on the University of Wroclaw but I always had the artistic soul.

Artistic child photography by Kamila Celary-Kmiecik

 

Q: Where and how do you learn photography?

A: I am a self-taught photographer. I gained skills through practice and making a lot of photographs. I studied lots of another photographer’s and their work and was trying to figure out how have they created their art. I watched tutorials and read books about photography.

Kamila Celary-Kmiecik

Q: How did you get your start in photography? What were some of the most
important things you found along the way in relation to the development of your photography?

A: Most important and breaking point was when I become a friend with a photo editor
program. Editing gives that unique character to my photos. Through that process, I can show myself, show what I feel and how do I see the world. That’s an integral part of my work. It reflects the soul of the photographer.

Editing in child photography

 

Q: How would you define your photography in a few words?

A: Photography is an escape for me from reality but always with a history in the background. It’s a painting with light, recording emotions and bringing out a soul. It’s a bit of a magical adventure to the world of dreams.

Q: Who are your favourite photographers?

A: I have many favorite photographers! Alain Laboile, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ben
Sasso, Annie Mitova, Valeria Mitnik, Rafał Bojar, Paulina Duczman, Damian
Drewniak, Ewa Ćwikła, and many others.

Interview with Kamila Celary-Kmiecik

Q: What inspires you?

A: I’m mainly inspired by paintings, art, books, surroundings, colours, textures but
most of by humans and their nature.

Q: What is in your camera bag? What camera body and lenses do you use?

A: I usually work with Body Nikon d750 + Sigma 35mm ART, and the others in the
bag are 50mm Nikkor, 42 mm Helios, 70-200mm Sigma, 24-70mm Sigma.

Interview with Kamila Celary-Kmiecik

Q: What about lightning?

A: I use the flash lamp only in the studio, outside the studio I mostly use the natural light – it’s closest to my soul, it paints the most beautifully.

Q: What is your proudest moment as a photographer/artist?

A: This is the moment when I found out that I managed to win the CPC contest. It
means a lot to me. Portraits are my favorite type of a photography – that’s why this
award makes me even happier.

Interview with Kamila Celary-Kmiecik

Q: Do you have any advice to offer us fellow photographers and artists about
photography?

A: Give your heart, soul and yourself to every photo you take and every project you
work on. Always make sure every photo have its unique character. Do not do this
only for a money but make sure there is always passion in your work. Make your own
projects, have your own visions – only that will give you genuine fulfillment.

Q: Can you share some of your favorite photographs from June’s CPC Portrait Awards?

A: All of them were brilliant and catch the viewer’s attention. My favourites are:
Poppy Princess” by Magdalena Ostrowska, „Valeria” by Sveta Butko, „Bewitching
by Natasha Sibley.

Thank you!

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