Waldemar Nowak is an amateur photographer and freelancer. One of his shots is now representing the campaign of Apple – iPhone World Gallery – currently running worldwide in Apple services, billboards, publication, press and more. Thanks to passion, tecnique and professionality Waldemar also won 37 awards during the contests he attended, to mention some: Mobile Photography Awards; iphonephotographyschool; mobiography; iphoneographycentral; Instagram. He also took part in International exposure of mobile photography ‘No rush – stories from the street and playground’ organised by grupamobilni.
When did you discover mobile photography?
I discovered mobile photography when I’ve registered on instagram, so it’s about 2 years ago. But it became my real passion a year ago. On 29th March 2014 I went to #InstaMeetGdansk at U-Boot Hall Gdansk Shipyard organised by #IgersGdansk. The meeting took place in a mysterious and post-industrial II World War facility. And it was the beginning of my journey with mobile photography. I met there a lot of amazing people which are my ‘mobile photography buddies’ for this day.
To you, shooting with a smartphone adds something to a project or a photo?
Above all, a camera in a smartphone gives freedom and opportunity of making a photo in every single moment we want to. We never know when we can observe something that is worth to be photographed, something that will never happen again in front of our eyes. And it’s hard to always have a professional camera with us to catch everything we want to.
Is there an element or a technique you apply or look for when shooting ?
Not really. I try to capture what makes me emotional and interests me at that one moment. However, when I shoot a photo, I try to show something what a normal passer-by wouldn’t usually notice. It can be a characteristic element, angle of sight, interesting perspective and so on.
What is your passion? what drives your attention when you shoot for a personal project? where do you find inspiration?
My passion is of course – mobile photography and everything what’s connected with it. Everything that surrounds me and what brings out emotions to me – is my inspiration. I catch a moment, I’m a thief of frames. I’m also a huge fan of Apple brand, this is why I make photos with iPhone only. I’m into social media too.
What about postproduction; do you post produce your images? which app do you use and suggest?
My dream is to make so perfect pictures with my iPhone that I shouldn’t have to use any of photo editors. Although, it’s not that easy and it’s sometimes unavoidable. Besides, photo editing on smartphones is fun and gives more and more opportunities in mobile photography. Mostly, I use apps like: PS Express, Tadaa SLR and VSCOcam.
Mobile photography and its potential application: what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
What first comes to my mind is: instagram, passion, iPhone, availability, freedom, abilities, creating and creativity.
Based on your experience working with media and commercial photography, do you think that smartphone photography will be increasingly used in these fields?
I think so and I hope so. Currently, smartphones give us more and more opportunities and if in few years time they won’t be a main tool used in everyday life – then they will be far more essential. The best example of it is the latest Apple campaign.
Your thoughts about the future of mobile photography: what will be happen in the next 5 years?
In my opinion, mobile photography will definitely be in a strong position on photography market. As we all can see, producers of phones nowadays focus on abilities of smartphones in a photography (e.g. quality of lens or additional accessories). At the same time, I hope that attitude of DSLR photographers to mobile photography will also change. It is sure, that in many ways and for a long time parameters of image won’t be able to compete with those from DSLR cameras. However, the smartphone market develops so fast that maybe in a short period of time we will see a small and light smartphone which will become a dominant photography tool and displace DSLR cameras from the market.