Dorota Jędrzejczak graduated from Technical University in Białystok (Poland). Her previous professional career was not related to photography or art in any way. Living in different cities, a few years ago, she moved from Warsaw to Olsztyn.
This decision was misunderstood by many of her friends – moving from a big city to a small one, where nothing happens. But here she lives closer to nature – lakes and forests are at your fingertips, life is slower – there is a lot of shooting themes…
Hello Dorota, thank you for joining our interview.
This photo was taken on summer, near my home, by the lake. My daughter is the best model.
How did you start with mobile photography?
I used to work only with the DSLR camera. About a year ago, I started being interested in mobile photography – then quite recently. Mobile photography gives me many possibilities – convenience, ease of use and immediate action. The first photo I took on the smartphone was a shot of my daughter. One afternoon, I forgot my DSLR camera and started taking pictures with my phone. Over time, the accidental use became a habit. The next step will be buying additional lenses that will increase the possibilities of my device. There have been several little successes, like publication in Mobiography magazine or a collective exhibition in London.
The photo was taken during the staging of the show for our daughter.
What model of smartphone do you use?
I’m using iPhone 6.
What does inspire your works?
Most of the pictures are based on the everyday life’s observation. Sometimes creative images are inspired by music, by my daughter or my subjective perception of the world.
The photo was taken earlier this year while visiting my brother. I noticed that the ferris wheel was reflected on the car body, giving an interesting effect.
Among the pictures you sent to Picwant, is there any shot which you have a special affection for or which is linked with funny moments?
There was one interesting situation – it concerns the photo “Fisherman by the river” – in fact it was a woman.
In our free time we go fishing, but this time dinner – fish was my inspiration.
Some of your shots are full of colors, other ones are black and white images. What do you prefer?
Strongly I prefer black and white photos – they have more power, express more emotions… In the age of fast life, black and white photography is the opposite to kitsch, which attacks us now from each side. You can find other black and white photos on my Instagram account, @onphotooff.
What are your favorite subjects and what’s your favorite genre of photography?
I am interested in unusual shots. I have no favorite subjects or genre of photography. I’m trying to be creative on my own backyard. If you don’t see the beauty in everyday life then in other places, there will be no topic to take a photo.
What is the process behind your images and how do you post produce your content?
The postproduction of photos depends on what the picture is intended to be. If it is for photo stock, I always try to take a good photo to edit it as little as possible. I usually use Snapseed and sometimes VSCO app to increase contrast or sharpness or use another tool.
Living by the lake and the changing seasons are my inspirations.
Do you have in mind to experiment other genres of photography?
Now I am focusing on a new project – photos transfer on wood – it will be modern wall art based on my photography. It is an interesting method of photo fixation. Our paintings (1210x20x850) are unique and handmade. It’s an original work – a great combination with modern interiors.
“Fish” photo on wood based on my photography.
Thank you Dorota, we look forward to seeing your new shots and your handcrafted creations!