Category: Portraits

Versus #5 FairyLady Paulina Maciejewska

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One of my resolutions for this year is reviving the Versus project – and the effect is second session this year (the previous one was with Youssef Nassar) for which I meet another photographer, and we try to take a series of photos of one another in the same place and at the same time. This time I was shooting Paulina Maciejewska (make sure to check out her work!), young, nice and talented, and it turned out that these are not the only reasons to hate her :). She is a photographic sure-fire hit as well, and doesn’t need to be instructed much to achieve great effects – what sadly can’t be said about me… so I have no other option than to hate her, and I’m good at it 🙂

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In Treatment – business photoshoot

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I recently photographed Anna Holeniewska – a successful coach and therapist, and privately a very nice and warm person. The goal was to present her as a trustworthy professionalist. After seeing the results of this photoshoot, my Muse said she could go to a therapist like this – achievement unlocked 🙂 For this photoshoot I made an improved version of my previous business lighting that I used for Michał Pasterski photos. I’ll tell you more about the lighting at the end of this post, as I usually do.
Ania was afraid she wouldn’t be a good model but, as it usually happens in such cases, her worries were completely unnecessary. The make up was made by dependable Justyna, and I took the photos in my favourite In2it Studio. This is what we made together, hope you like it:

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John Galliano Make-Up

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Recently I had a chance to photograph Magdalena Dziatkowiak-Stefaniak’s graduation work for Make-Up Academy Maestro in Poznań, entitled „John Galliano Make-Up”.

Magda’s info about the stylization:
Both the stylization and the make up are strongly inspired by Dior Fall/Winter 2009 collection, where Galliano harks back to Paul Poiret’s works – he was a French designer, creating in ’20s of XX century. In the collection there are Asian influences, as well as harem trousers, ornately decorated, or buckles from a traditional Chinese dress – quipao, paisley pattern, also called „peacock eye”, and ikat originated from Malaysia. In the collection there are also original headgears, elegant coats, and beautiful evening gowns made of chiffon and decorated with Indian appliques.
One of the more interesting stylizations that got my attention were draped harem trousers made of creme satin, paired with a light beige astrakhan fur vest. I used trousers made of a delicate satin-like fabric, and a fur vest.
Make ups and hairdos were also inspired by ’20s. The hair, pinned with tens of hairpins, made a sort of a helmet, imitating a short ’20s hairstyle. The eyes, strongly enhanced with dark eyeshadows, reflected after I World War mood. Eyebrows were long and thin, and lips enhanced with dark colours, painted in an almost heart shape. (Source) The model in this stylization was Marta Gajewska.

After the main stylization Magda created another make up on the second model, Diana Poschen.

Time to praise the whole team:
– great compliments for Magda for the stylization, hair and make up – everything was prepared perfectly!
– for the first time in front of the lens Marta Gajewska (she’s not THE Marta Gajewska :)) – I’m very nicely surprised with how natural she was, and what we made together in less than an hour!
– Diana told me that it was her portrait debut – and it was really hard for me to believe it.
– it’s very good to have an assistance when building such a big set, and this is the right time to thank Szymon from  In2it studio for his help – without you it would have taken me 3x more time!

Main stylization, model – Marta:

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Versus #4 Youssef Nassar

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After more than a year I’m back with another session from the Versus project. This time my photo companion was Lebanese photograph and director Youssef Nassar, with whom I worked on the music video for Steven Wilson. Our session was very spontaneous, we made it in a tiny hostel room after all working day. The background was a window curtain, and the lighting – tiny softbox 60×60 with studio lamp triggered by radio. Fun fact: the cigarette wasn’t lit on any of the photos, and all the smoke and other effects were added in postproduction.

My photos:

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Hiding Places vol.I

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It’s been a very busy time for me recently, I will try to publish the most interesting of the photos (and videos!) I took during the past few quiet months. The most important news I’d like to share with you though is the beginning of my new personal project – after Sleepieng Maids (2012) and 365 (2013) – it’s high time to move on with a next one, dated to 2014. It’s going to be a series of short stories, and they’re all going to be about women. Below you can see the first one of them, the model was my most important, personal Muse. I visited this attic for the first time a year before taking these pictures. It had something magical and mysterious in it, it looked like a perfect hiding place. I knew I had to make use of this place, and it’s potential. One Summer evening my Muse and I went there armed with a honey yellow fabric and a bouquet of dried flowers, and with a very loose idea of what kind of photos we wanted. This is where it led us…

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