Its funny we've been talking, but I've never ask you how you got started in photography. Could you share some of your background?
Sure. It all started from my dad having some old film cameras - Russian Smena and Zenit. That was the first cameras I use to play with when I was a kid. Then when the Digital Compact Cameras became popular in Poland me and my dad bought one. You wouldn't even recognise by name, it was terrible, but very good to get photos with. Then we wanted something better so we went for some Nikon Coolpix and that's where I really started to take photos myself during summer holidays, but it soon wasn't enough. So, as a high school graduation gift I got my first DSLR from my parents which I chose to be Sony a300.
That's awesome. I'd be curious to know if you still have your old cameras around.
So do you still use your other gear or did you make a full transition to Fuji?
I've been using the Sony alpha system. I have the Full Frame Sony a850 with 50mm f/1.4 lens and the 28-75 f/2.8 Tamron zoom. I made a full transition and I'm happy with comparable if not better image quality from Fujifilm.
What caught my attention from your work is your project called: Everyday with Fujifilm X100s. Really cool. For those that don't know this one of the fantastic Fuji cameras with a fixed lens. It looks great, takes fantastic photos and really makes you want to keep taking photos. So tell me more about this project.
In this project I want to show everyday life through the photography. I want to show as many real life situations, people around me - those I know and don't, and a little bit of who I am, what I am like and what I feel. I got started with it on the first day I got my Fujifilm x100s which I bought for a reason - it will go with me everywhere. And so it does.
Looks like you got started pretty early on with the Fuji system. What are the biggest changes you've witnessed and what do expect to see in the future?
I did. Since I came to London I'd been looking for replacement for my bulky Sony a850 as I wanted to enjoy street photography more. I was thinking Leica but didn't have enough money. When I heard about X-pro1 I was very interested in it and after reading a few reviews after the one from Zack Arias I decided to go for it. The differences to my other camera included better high ISO performance, compact size, physical dials and a very nice prime lens lineup. I hope Fuji will keep developing the aps-c sensor and take their experience from that and make a good or better full frame system. I would love my X-T1 to have a full frame sensor and some very nice fast compact prime lenses for it. I wish Fuji would improve their video capabilities too. And maybe medium a format system? :)
So tell me, who are you most inspired by nowadays?
I'm inspired by every single person I meet on my way. I love people, their stories and experiences.
There are also some photographers I follow that really inspire me, names like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Richard Avedon, Annie Leobovitz, but also people like Gregory Heisler, Zack Arias, Joe McNally ,Jared Polin, Adam Lerner, Chase Jarvis and UK based Dave Kai-Piper, and Kevin Mullins. The list is long.
That's awesome. I think we may have a few of those names in common.
I noticed on your website that you do some traveling from time to time. Where have you gone and where did you enjoy the most?
I do a little. Not as much as I would like. I'm traveling a bit between Poland and UK. I've visited quite a bit in both and really like it. I really enjoyed my backpacking trip to the Balkans. I went for three weeks, started in Croatia went through Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. It was a really nice trip, with great weather and I met some brilliant people as well.
I've always wanted to go to the US and hope to do so. I would like to travel all around there. Other than that I would like to see the rest the Europe, China, Japan, Australia and New Zeland. Well, to be honest, I would like to go everywhere!
I also enjoy traveling. When you make it to the US make sure to look me up!
So, aside from your camera and gear what other piece of kit is important to you?
I love my IPhone, it lets me stay connected and allows me to update everything. Other than that I love my MacBook Pro retina 13inch and I plan to invest in a 27inch IMac - they just work.
So I know that you enjoy street photography, candids, portraits and city life but, what do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy working with people in photography. The most enjoy Fashion, Portrait and candid wedding photography, behind the scenes, live music and street photography. I'm trying to not limit myself to one type of photography and advertise as a people photographer.
That's awesome that you have so many interests. Looks like you do a good job in all facets. So, where do you see your business in 5 years?
I would definitely like to see myself going full time in photography and blogging. I would like to take on more exciting projects and keep enjoying doing what I love. Other than than I would like to continue developing my personal photography and style.
Aside from photography what are some of your other main interests?
I have many. I love music, traveling and sports - I play basketball and skateboard. Lately I'm getting more and more into business development and advertising. And I love tattoos!
Sounds like you enjoy staying busy. Do you have any other projects that we might see soon?
From personal photography projects I have many ideas but nothing that is ongoing. I have some clients that I'm working with on a daily basis. I do have a blog and you tube channel called MG Photo & Tech - www.mgphotoandtech.com where I talk about photography, gear etc. I also work with some clients on business development and advertising.
Wow, that sounds fun. Never a dull moment it seems.
To wrap it up could you share one of your proudest moments of being a photographer with us?
Definitely one of them is finishing a 2 year photography course with a photo-technician diploma and being exhibited alongside my colleagues on the course exhibition without me being there and hearing from them that they made it like I was there by shouting my name when my photos came on to the screen. Other than that it feels good that my work gets noticed.
That's awesome! Well it sounds like you have a true passion for photography and I'm curious to see what other exciting projects you come up with. As always its great to see new photos from you. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions.
Mariusz Gajdzik - Fuji People Photographer based out of the UK