Today we like to introduce you to the photographer of the amazing and atmospheric image, that we have chosen as our December cover, Ivan Migelli Niznicki. View some more of his photos here and read our interview with him to get an impression of his work.
Ivan, please tell us a little bit about yourself to begin with. (How old are you, Where were you born and where do you live now, What is your profession and do you have other besides photography?
Have you been involved in the arts in some form other than photography?
I am close friend with several successful older photographers and they are mainly guilty for my involving in this world of photography.
I am simply full of creative ideas, because i just see a photo, shadows, light everywhere i look, and i feel the people, always looking and see only the beauty in everyone.
Could you share with us how you first became interested in photography?
Every living being has the beauty inside.You just have to capture it.
What equipment are you using now and with what did you get started? what is your favorite lens?
I started learning with good bodies, Nikon D300S and Canon 5D MK2, saw the difference between full frame and crop sensors. I first bought a Canon 600D, then a 650D, but i prefer Nikon. So now i have a Nikon D7100and as a second body. I also have a D300S and a few lenses, but my favorite lens, maybe it’s strange, is 85mm 1.8g. I love it.
I told, that i was friend with succsesfull photographes ...i love electronic, hi-end hi-fi and a few years ago i took the Nikon D300 to study, but only from technical side and i was amazed with complexity of that device... then i started to learn everything ... metering, focus, stops, exposures and a short time the puzzle was near to be solved.
Day by day these friends and a few very competitive people saw my pictures non-edited and they told me: you have to buy a camera ... this is the world for you..and i accepted that. They were right.
Can you tell us about your work flow from the point you first step onto the street until you showcase the developed picture?
The idea and originality is for me most important. There is no space for something extremly new, because famous artists did it all in the 15th and 16th century. With a clear finish in your mind, you have your showcase very fast.
I saw the photos of the best ever photographers of the last 40 years many times and i like most of the photographers.
For me the king is Helmut Newton, but there are also many great photographers now, The digital age makes a lot possible. You don’t have to wait to see your pictures like 20 years ago.
What would you say characterizes your work in comparison to other photographers?
I think, that portraits are my obssesion. A lot of people told me, there is something different in my photos. I just experience people in my own way ... i think, it has something to do with my point of view as photographer of the younger generation.
What are some of the most important lessons you have learned from shooting on the streets?
On the street most important is to be relaxed, to easy make a contact with people with a few smiles.
Among your works, which is your favorite and why?
My favorite photo is not on the cloud ... it’s a candid photo of my son and he will see that, when he grow up a little bit.
For me men are very funny, when they see a great looking model, especially half naked ... last summer i was shooting a girl on a highway with my friends in some very light wardrobe, hoping, that the bokeh will be with some light refelctions of a passing vehicle ... in the moment, she walked on the central line barefoot, i realized, that there is a motorcade from both sides.
What would you tell a newcomer who asks for your advice on how to start?
Among a lot of things, which make a photographer, in the beginning it’s very important to have comunication with some competitive photographer or some kind of tutor, who can really estimate your potential and talent, even recognizing, that photography maybe is unfortunately not your main profession. Besides this you have nothing except hard work, learning and living for it.