Nov 30, 2018
Kamila is a self-taught Polish photographer who uses the medium as a way to express herself and reflect her emotions. Drawing inspiration from books and films, Kamila creates gorgeous minimal compositions that are a delight to see. In her images we will always find a small detail to capture our attention and which will trigger our own memories.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
KK - Hi, my name is Kamila Kulik, I live in Gdansk in Poland. I studied Polish literature and speech therapy but I currently work in a design office. Besides photography my others hobbies are knitting, ceramics and macramé. I also like to travel, explore new places and cultures and climb mountains.
am - How did you start in photography?
KK - I started to be interested in photography when I was a child, watching family photo albums. I was so fascinated that I could watch them over and over again. When I was older I was thinking about taking photos many times but I assumed that it would be too difficult for me, until I took a Holga in my hands. I was fascinated by the simplicity of use and the results it gives. This relationship with the photography started over ten years ago and the Holga is still my favorite medium format camera.
am - What inspires your work and why do you focus on portraiture?
KK - I'm inspired mostly by films and books, stories that I can imagine rather than photos of others. I think I focus on portraiture because in this way I can express my own emotions. I don't strive to capture the emotions of others, I want to show mine and my stories. I'm much more interested in creating my own reality, rather than showing or documenting life and the world around me. The stories I create first appear in my my mind and then I capture them on film.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
KK - I think it would be a painter, Edward Hopper.
am - If you could travel and stay in a place for one year, where would you choose to go?
KK - My first thought was Iceland but it would be too cold for staying there for a year so I think it would be somewhere in Scotland near the mountains and away from people.
am - Do you have any rituals or practices that help you get into the creative zone?
KK - I just read a lot and watch lots of movies. Sometimes, when I have an idea for the photo or for the whole series I write it down on my notebook and when I think I'm ready I go back to it.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
KK - I have so many favourite films that it's impossible to choose one, but my top five would be: 'The Return' by Andrey Zvyagintsev; 'Memories of Murder' by Joon-ho Bong; 'Paris, Texas' by Wim Wenders; 'The shining' by Stanley Kubrick and 'Inception' by Christoper Nolan.
am - Could you recommend us a photo book?
KK - Lately I got Richard Misrach's 'Petrochemical America' and it's really amazing.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
All images © Kamila Kulik