DnaEuropeInterview with Marketa Novak ; Second place in our Color Award 2017

My biggest source of inspiration is nature and  fantasy books. I´m a big fan of Tolkien and his stories. I like to create my world of fantasy. In my photos I show world as a beautiful and magical place.

I’ve devoted myself to art since early childhood, attending an artistic secondary school and later studying graphics and visual art at a vocational school.

I started to work as a professional photographer just prior to enrolling to study the history of art at Charles’ University in Prague. I have worked for a number of companies, for example as a portrait and interior photographer, and I have been able to have a go at the majority of photographic genres. During these years, I was also a highly sought-after wedding photographer. I have however also carried on with my own romantic creation, which provided me with a vent for my feelings and with an escape from life’s challenges. In addition, I was approached by the company Horse and Glamour, specia- lizing in film horses’ photography

I have received numerous awards for my work, both in the Czech Republic and abroad. As my motto, I have adopted the im- pressionist painter Renoir’s words “There are too many unpleasant things in life as it is without creating still more of them“. I have also been devoting a lot of time to working with children and their education.Since last autumn, I have significantly limited all my photographic activities due to health reasons, except for my own creation which I do for living. Throughout 2017, I have been taking photographs exclusively with the help of assistants holding my ca- mera for me, and I would therefore like to thank them all for their contribution to this lovely achievement. Since the beginning of this academic year, I have been teaching photography at an art school. In the future I plan to work on new projects and to collaborate with more education centres and artists as I find education to be the most meaningful project of all so far. [Official Website] [Print Version] [Digital Version]

How did you get interested in photography?

I was the creative mind as a child, I liked drawing, painting. My dad showed me how the camera works, I started with photography, when I was 10 years old.

What inspired you take your images?

My biggest source of inspiration is nature and  fantasy books. I´m a big fan of Tolkien and his stories. I like to create my world of fantasy. In my photos I show world as a beautiful and magical place.

How would you define your general style photography?

I think, that my style is fairytale fine art.

Could you please tell us anything about your technique and creating process?

The important factor for each photo shooting is preparation. I work with natural light and fix lenses, I´m trying to do only minimal post production in Photoshop, mainly colors.

In your opinion, what makes a good portrait?

I think, that the good portraits are about emotions.

How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph?

I don´t fully use my hands, I need bigger preparation. I make sketches of my future photos. I choose great models for my idea, perfect styling and light.

What do you think makes a memorable project?

Perfect story and original idea.

How do you know you got the shot you wanted?

I don´t feel need of another shooting, I must have a photo, which looks as moment.

Your idea of the perfect composition

I think, there is not one perfect composition, photos are interesting with different composition each time.

What would I find in your camera bag?

I prefer fix lens 85mm f1.2, 50mm f1.4, 20mm f2.0, full frame camera.

How important is an awesome website for your business and how has social media played a role in your photography?

Yes, it is important web and social media. Only this way can people meet my work. I get orders for my work through these channels.

What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?

I have a new cooperation with national institute. My new photo series is about the treasures of our country.

Finally, one las question. What opinion do you have of Dodho Magazine and Life in Color 2017?

I must say. I am excited! I won many prizes, but only this magazine is interested about creative process and my person. Winner artists are from different genres in photography, I appreciate it! Thanks!

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