“I always try to keep my eyes open! There’s a huge amount of inspiration all around. It’s funny – while looking for inspiration for this particular photo shoot, I found images that inspired me to do something else. I love it.” tells us Paula Mroczkowska when introducing her absorbing, mysterious photo series with model Marysia Nizińska photographed in Poznań, Poland. And it’s true, while sometimes you feel like your mind is empty, no new ideas come up, inspiration finds you when suddenly around the corner your imagination is sparked by the unexpected.
“I believe that research before photography is an integral part of it. I’ve been watching a lot of movies lately, especially old ones, sometimes black and white. For me, they are saturated with inspirations, you just need to see them and interpret them in your own way. I have a poor memory for names, but quite a good visual memory, so I often search for frames from the films I have watched and refer to them in my works, even if I miss their title.
I took my model Mary for a long walk around our town and that’s how these pictures were made. Just a walk together. I have in my mind one photo of Amber Valletta from the ’98 – Prada campaign taken by Glen Luchford. Mary reminds me of Valletta in that photo with her beauty. I love photographing her. Pictures taken in the city always bring something beyond expectations. You have to look for light and try to act in harmony with it. Incredibly educational process. Keep your eyes around your head and the idea will come to you. Just like that.”