Month: May 2019

The wonderfully eccentric world of Pol Kurucz

The avant garde images that French photographer Pol Kurucz creates are bright, surrealist, and provocative reflections on society. We asked Pol a few questions to dig into his creative mindset: How do you define yourself as a photographer? I try not to define myself, but rather the visual universe into which I integrate the different types of projects I am working on: fine art, fashion and celebrity. The main pillars of this universe are the non-conventional, yet pleasing, combination of saturated, non-primary colors, stylized sets, props and compositions, provocative messages, glam-cool styling, and models with unusual beauty. How do you conceptualize your images? What is your creative process? I do not follow processes. My ideas come instinctively in form of images that pop up in my head in the shower, in bed or on the street, in a theater or while browsing social media. The ideas then go through a little curating engine in my head which follows the aesthetics of a few virtual masters such as Rene Magritte, Roy Andersson, Bob Wilson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, …

How Stefano Gardel sees, and captures, the world in a different light

Stefano Gardel hasn’t been a photographer for long, but in that time, his unique point of view has helped him become a rising star. We sat down with Stefano to find out more about his Neon Future series, shot in Japan. How did you get into photography? I have to say, that I do not consider myself a photographer. I started only 3 years ago, and I am self-taught. Then last year, I changed from my regular job as a Chiropractor to do photography full time. I was selling through several art galleries, and when I saw my images being sold, I started to think, “I wonder if I could do this as my job.” So now I am doing it as my main job. I don’t have a lot of knowledge as far as being a photographer…I actually learned just about everything I know on YouTube. But I have to say, that in digital photography, it’s not that difficult to get started if you have a strong point of view and some motivation. I …

Finding inspiration and creativity in still life photography

We interviewed Phase One Ambassador Paloma Rincón to discover how she continually finds the inspiration for her wonderfully creative still life images. How do you define yourself as a photographer? I define myself as a still life photographer, but sometimes this description isn’t enough. So, I usually have to explain my profession, because my work also covers other creative disciplines including art direction. What would be a typical job for you? Typically, when I get contacted, the client asks for me to interpret the task and add my own creative style to it. So usually, my task is not just to follow an agency brief, but also to help develop the creative concept. Usually, I get asked to do commissioned shoots based on references from my own personal projects. This is also why I do a lot of personal projects – so that I can move my commercial work in a direction that I also have an interest in. My projects are often product shots of, for example, food, drinks or tech products, but composed …