“Why do I always work at night? How can I work at night? Night is for sleeping!!” And so on… These are the most common questions/statements I get from people who like to get up early, work 9-to-5, get back from work, enjoy lunch, a quiet evening and then go to bed early. To do what? To wake up early the very next day.
Ever since I started working as a freelance photographer, I discovered freedom and found that night offered me peace and calm from the daily rush. No friends asking to get a beer, no girlfriend asking to get lunch and no phone calls usual and reserved for the daytime. I am able to focus more and get more things done.
Later on, night and darkness became one of my bestselling concepts in my 10-year career as a photographer and that is something I always have inspiration to work on. Of course, it means visiting shady locations in strange hours, and sometimes even my models get scared, but a good photograph as the result was always worth it.
That is why the night gave my work a new dimension and a strange might to bright, sunny daylight just does not do.
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SHOOTING TIME… ANYTIME!!
What is the best time of the day to take photographs? Young photographers or the ones that are just starting out often ask me that question and the best piece of advice I can give them is to carry their camera most of the time with them and practice, practice, practice.
Unpredictable days and our ways take us into many situations that provide ideal conditions for a good photograph. You can find inspiration in your office, in the leaves laying down on your way home, your meal for lunch and dinner, evening sunset and creepy night shadows in shady streets.
Another common question I get asked is about price of the equipment. I tell everyone that it is not always necessary to have expensive equipment to make creative photographs. Creativity has no price and with time, you will sharpen your eye, find more and more inspiration, and notice more details that will make a good photo.
So, just pick up a decent camera and get to work. There are no excuses if you want to do something. It is just laziness or fear of failure. Of course, you will need persistence and not-giving-up attitude all the way, if you want to succeed. Believe in success and you will attain it – just like I did.
WHERE I GET MY INSPIRATION
As I mentioned in one of my previous blog posts I find inspiration everywhere around me. You can often see me with my mobile phone taking photographs in everyday situations. I just cannot help myself. Often, when I go for a simple walk with my girlfriend I will spend 60% of our time exploring good frames, gazing around to find the next perfect image or motive. I find beauty in everything that surrounds me and I just would not be me if I did not capture it for “archive”, as I like to call it.
For horror photography, I sometimes take my inspiration from horror movies. However, more than blood and violence I am interested in the mysterious and unknown. That is why you will never find blood in my photographs. I am attracted to things like ghosts, aliens and everything supernatural. So far, I have not been able to find a model to represent an alien but I am working on a similar creature from my imagination.
My perfect partner in crime, as far as horror photography goes, is my long-term friend and model Marina who fits in perfectly with her dark, penetrating eyes and dark, thick hair. During the years, we have made some good memories and some excellent photos and videos that made it to newspaper articles, book covers, magazines and video games. She even got recognized at the bookstore while she was buying a book with her on the cover. Hilarious moment.
What about you? Tell me what is your favorite motive for your work and where do you find inspiration!