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5 Questions with Karolina Grzelak

1. Can you please introduce yourself, where are you from, how long you shoot on film? My name is Karolina and I am 24 y/o graphic design student from Poznań, Poland. I shoot film since summer 2018, starting for fun with the simplest plastic camera from the 90s. Next my father gave me his 35mm professional film camera and I fell in love with it! I also saw photos of other photographers and I could not believe the possibilities that analogue camera gives. I learned the secrets of analogue photography by many tries, on my mistakes and by "losing" a lot of money for unsuccessful films. The most important breakthrough came when I got my first medium-format camera from my boyfriend.

2. Why do you like to shoot on film?

This is like a never-ending story for me. Every film has a story, different grain and colors. Every shot can be perceived completely different depending on the film you use. I also love this little thrill when I choose a film and I'm never one hundred percent convinced what the end result will be. The possibilities of analogue photography do not allow me to stop expanding my knowledge about photography.

3. What’s your favorite gear to use (camera, lens, film) ?

For sure my medium-format camera Pentacon Six with Biometar 2,8/80 Carl Zeiss Jena. When it comes to 35mm camera I would say: Nikon F90X, Canon A1. Films: Kodak Portra, Kodak Gold. I have not tried all the films yet, but I feel that soon I will have several more favorites!

4. Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

It's really hard question! Each work have a story, emotions and memories. It's not that simple to pick only one. But maybe because of my last trip to Italy I pick this one

5. Exactly what it is you want to say with your photographs?

With my photographs I want to say things that words can not express. Some moments will never happen again and this makes these pictures unique. I mean the smell of air, the warmth of the sun on the skin, songs in the background. I feel that this spell can last forever and with it emotions, atmosphere and nostalgia.

You can see more of Karolina's photos here.

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