Michael Jurek: 1x Featured Photographer
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by Yvette Depaepe
Michael Jurek's passion for photography never stopped growing since he started. His extensive scope of work includes Landscape, Travel, Wildlife, Architecture and Street photography. He excels in many genres. When you ask him about technical perfection and/or creativity, he answers that they follow his emotions.
Let's discover more about this interesting artist through this interview, today.
Briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other jobs.
How has your history and life experiences affected your photography?
What first attracted you to photography?
Describe your overall photographic vision.
My motto: I don't mean breaking the rules makes sense. I mean that there are basically no rules. (inspired by David duChemin)
Why are you so drawn by landscape photography ?
What is more important to you, the mood,/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
I always try to find my own perspective on a subject. For me, landscape photos have to be technically perfect, but what exactly does that mean? I can only judge the degree of perfection of a picture when I see the final image. Ultimately, I don't judge images by their sharpness or their overwhelming histograms. The point of view, the light, the mood and of course the luck of being in the right place at the right time are even more important. For example, a blurred image can of course be technically perfect. For example, when I'm in the city, I try to capture the mood and try to communicate a story with my pictures. The technical perfection is always in the eye of the beholder.
What about the technical perfection of the image below? Some might say, the people are blurred and I don’t like it. Contrary to this opinion, I love the contrast between the static and dynamic elements of this picture.
What generally is your relationship to your subject matter beyond being an observer?
What gear do you use (camera, lenses, bag)?
What software do you use to process your images?
Can you tell us something more about your work flow?
Please find below my 'creative art' favourites from my 1X profile.
What is your most important advice to a beginner in landscape photography and how do you get started?
I have 2 tips for newcomers:
Who are your favourite photographers and more importantly, how has your appreciation of their work affected how you approach your own photography?
Are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
Describe your favourite photograph taken by you and why it is special to you?
Is there anything else you wish to add and what do you think about 1X as a home base for your work?
1. Chromatic Photography Award / 1st Place in Abstract Amateur Category
2. ipa - International Photography Award / 1st place in Subcategory Abstract – non-pr
Yvette, special thanks to you for your effort and support. I really appreciate your creative work.
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