through the lens with Patrik Jandak by Iva Kancheska 26/07/2010
Q: Did you go to school to study photography?
A: Yes I was studying photography in London UK, for 2 years but best school is ability to try new things and making mistakes which you can avoid in future.
Q: How long have you been a photographer?
A: Since 1998.
Q: What or who got you started in photography?
A: I've always liked the SLRs and how cool they look, so I got one myself and got encourage by others to take the next step.
Q: Do you remember your first shoots? How was the firs experience?
A: Well first shots were on film camera and I did not know how to load the film in to the camera so I had to go to shop and get them to load it :)
Q: What is your favorite type of photography?
A: Anything creative and that involves people and give my the opportunity to tell a story or capture one.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I leave that for others to describe me, I am busy shooting LOL.
Q: Have you ever thought to change your style?
A: Every time I am holding camera I am trying to do something different well it always turn out the same or similar and that's how I build my style.
Q: What type of cameras do you shoot with?
A: Many and any film, digital, medium format 35mm anything that's handy for the shoot :)
Q: Your work inspires me and gets my creative juices flowing. What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such an amazing imagery?
A: I got inspired all over the place, on a subway on a street pretty much anywhere any situation I see might build up to a image.
Q: How do you choose your models?
A: Well mostly if they brave enough to work with me and if they are available.
Q: How important is Photoshop in your final images?
A: Sometimes more sometimes less, lately almost none since I am shooting on a film and keeping it as much real as possible.
Q: Have you ever had some special requirements from the models?
A: No not that I can remember I am trying to make each shoot enjoyable and smooth.
Q: What is your biggest challenge in your work?
A: Usually me and myself, I am always trying to push the limits and that's sometimes hard.
Q: Your slogan is "Photography is a life style". Give us a little explanation about this.
A: Well that explain it all, photography is my life and I live by photography it's the perfect way to be free and creative and to communicate with observers.
Q: In your portfolio we can see a lot of expression. Awesome!! What are the most important elements of expressive photography that people should know about?
A: Well if you want to capture the expressions make sure you have the idea and story before you even start the project then it's all about communication with the model.
Q: Do you have any funny or crazy stories that happened while shooting?
A: Once I sprained my wrist by falling of the stool showing model how to pose and once I got so stoned that I was not able to communicate with the model or even shoot for quite a while and even shooting nudes in Central Park in NYC was crazy and exciting :) sometimes stuff happen.
Q: Do you enjoy your work after all those years?
A: I am trying to avoid routine by doing and trying new things so yes I still enjoy it even this sometimes I am burned out and need the brake.
Q: What are your plans?
A: I am not making plans any more because usually they don't come up the way I wanted so what's the point:)
Thank you for the interview!! It was my pleasure to speak with you.
All my best and thank you for your time.