A few days ago, we have published the results of July’s Monthly Photo Contest CPC Portrait Awards. This time, we have also received many high-quality photographs from all over the world, but this time Mariola Glajcar from Poland truly stood out with her work and became the winner of CPC Portrait Awards, July 2018! You can see The Winners Gallery HERE.
Q: First of all, we want to congratulate you on winning our Monthly Contest CPC Portrait Awards! Can you tell us how does it feel to be a winner?
A: Thank You so much. It’s a big honor and privilege. How do I feel? I think it’s a nice combination of excitement, sincere joy, and gratitude. At such moments I know that the child is still alive inside of me. It’s bursting with happiness. 😉 It’s such a cool feeling!
Q: Can you introduce us to Mariola Glajcar? What is your background? Where do you live? How old are you? Do you do photography as a full-time job?
A: My photographic past is not that particularly interesting. Like with many other photographers, it all started with taking photographs of my own children. Later, I thought that maybe I would become a wedding photographer. It was not a good idea. 😉
I searched for myself and my own way and finally, I felt this wonderful “aha feeling” – an epiphany!
Although I was born on Friday the 13th I always say I’m a really lucky girl.
I live in a beautiful place in Poland, I have a nice family and a job that gives me a sense of freedom.
It’s my full-time job, but also the way to achieve my dreams. It’s also my life calling. It helps me to travel, get to know the world but also to discover and find myself.
Q: We cannot wait to hear more about the winning photograph. Can you tell us more about the model, concept, all the sweet and interesting details regarding how you created this artwork?
A: This picture was created thanks to the wonderful natural circumstances and a great girl living near me. When creating a concept, I try to choose places that will show off the beauty and uniqueness of a human being. Choosing a seemingly ordinary plant, I wanted to show that the seemingly ordinary world is really special when we look at it closely. it’s the same with people. In each of us, we will find beauty and goodness, if only we devote some time to these qualities and simply pay attention.
Q: You are part of our community for years now and we have been following your work closely. This year seems to be the year of maturity when it comes to your work. We have noticed that you are experimenting more with the classic type of portraits and even with the genre of lifestyle photography. Can you tell us more about this change in your work since before you were well known only for amazing photo manipulations?
A: I still love the photo manipulation and still draws me towards surrealism but this year was special for me. I just came back from my nine-month journey around the world. Starting from South America through Africa and Asia.
Traveling is a time when people think a lot and become humble. I have always been very demanding with myself and my photographic skills. Thanks to this journey, I became even more humble and aware that sometimes it is worth showing only a person. I love to see this elusive, peaceful perfection in all of us.
Besides, I love to learn new things and portrait photography gives me great opportunities.
Anyway, some surreal ideas are still waiting for the right moment and the right person, so I’m sure I’ll come back to manipulation more than once.
Q: Do you have an official education in photography?
A: I’m a psychologist by education.
Q: Where and how do you learn photography?
A: I learned photography on my own, based on the trial and error method. Honestly, I’m still learning. Photography is never ending process and constant learning.
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: As I mentioned before, I started with wedding photography. Unfortunately, I did not feel good about it. I think you have to love what you do, and I did not feel that love at the time.
When the photo crisis hit me, I did something for myself. I made one of the ideas that were sitting in my head. I felt love and excitement.
It is a genius feeling when you love your work.
Along the way, in relation to the development of my photography, I discovered that the most important thing is to set a specific goal. To get somewhere I actually need to know the direction. When I set the goals, it gives me a necessary energy to work and create. It makes me happier and when I’m happy I can love my clients more and more.
Besides, I realized that you can not give up despite the moments of crisis, which is so common in the profession of photographer.
I realized that I still need to develop and learn new things. I must be open to knowledge and aware of my weaknesses, that helps me to be a better photographer and person as well.
Q: How would you define your photography in a few words?
A: My photography is like my clients. Sometimes full of joy and colors and sometimes more nostalgic and dark. My photography is like me.
My work is sometimes ordinary, and sometimes completely out of this world. 😉
Q: Who are your favourite photographers?
Q: What inspires you?
A: Everything. My life, music, my kids, my crises, thousands of photos that are everywhere today.
Q: What is in your camera bag? What camera body and lenses do you use?
A: I use Nikon D750. Mostly I use70-200mm and 135mm.
Q: What about lightning?
A: I prefer natural light, but I can feel inside myself that one day I will most certainly experiment with something else.
Q: Your editing style is very recognizable as well. Do you edit photographs in Lightroom or Photoshop? Do you have some favorite actions/presets that you are using for edits?
A: I love Photoshop. I do not use presets or actions because I prefer to create everything by myself from scratches.
Q: What is your proudest moment as a photographer/artist?
A: Ones my son told me that he wanted to be a photographer like me. It was the moment when I really felt proud.
Q: Do you have any advice to offer us fellow photographers and artists about photography?
A: Yes. I have just one advice. Stay true to yourself and do what You love to do.
Q: Can you share some of your favorite photographs from July’s Monthly Photo Contest at CPC Portrait Awards?
A: It wasn’t easy because I like almost all of them 🙂 But here are some of my favorites: