Poland is one of the European country, situated between the Baltic Sea in the north and two mountain ranges (the Sudetes and Carpathian Mountains) in the south.

The name “Poland” originates from the name of the tribe “Polanie” which means “people living in open fields”. Poland  has been invaded or has fought for freedom in insurrections 43 times from 1600 to 1945. We survived.

One of the famous polish people is Pope John Paul II also known as Karol Wojtyla(1920-2005). He was the only Polish Pope to date and served the second longest. Other well known people are:

-Marie Curie or Maria Sklodowska (1867-1934) was the first and only Nobel laureate in two different sciences and first female professor at the Sorbonne University.

-Polish born astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473–1543) was the first person to propose that the earth was not the center of the universe.

-Polish astronomer, Johannes Hevelius (1611-1687) published the earliest exact maps of the moon.

-Famous musical composer Frederic Chopin was Polish

-The writer Joseph Conrad (born Teodor Józef Konrad Nalecz-Korzeniowski, 1857-1924)

-The cosmetics industrialist Helena Rubinstein (1871-1965)

-Lech Wałęsa, who got Nobel Peace Prize in 1983

-Roman Polański, great director and actor

If you want to learn polish language, well its difficult language to master for non-native speakers especially with its tongue-bending pronunciation, complex gender system and other grammar issue.

That’s not the only trouble you might have in Poland. The biggest section of any grocery store in Poland is the candy section, the variety and taste of offered sweets are amazing. Also its hard to resist from eating delicious cakes and The “Paczki” Polish doughnut.  So be careful if you worry about your weight while visiting Poland.

One of the places worth to visit is Wieliczka Salt Mine or “Kopalnia soli Wieliczka” build in the 13th century, one of the world’s old salt mines still in operation until 2007. It is also referred to as “the Underground Salt Cathedral of Poland” due to its three chapels and an entire cathedral carved out of the rock salt by the miners and placed on the UNESCO list of the World Heritage Sites in 1978.

The best souvenir you can have from Poland is amber which transported along the Amber Route from the Baltic Sea to the Adriatic coast for over 1000 years.

I’ve keep doing interviews with photographers around the world but finally it’s time to talk with photographer from my home country. Somebody I’ve known  personally for few years.

Between Tatry mountains and Baltic Sea I met  Adam Laube:

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How long have you been doing photography, what made you to take interest in photography?

I’ve been doing photography since I was 18 years old.That exactly happened when I got first camera on my birthday. My friend who also has interest in photography convinced me to start it. Soon after that I won photo competition and that was the point I thought that I might be good as a photographer.

Winning competion definetly can give motivation. Is photography your hobby or occupation?

I would say photography is hobby that allows me to earn money. Photography gives my life a sense, helps me in self-development  and create world seen through my eyes. I can show my vision of reality, that reality which might not be seen by the people I photographed. The reason of that  is we see ourselves different then somebody might see us.

That’s true we all have subjective point of view for reality and photography. I look on your pictures and see that most of them are portraits, is that what you like doing the best? Any other kind of photography do you like?

That’s true portraits is something I like the best. People are fascinating,  they can change depends on situation and moment in life. That’s why I like photo journalism too.

As we speaking about portraits, do you prefer working with kids or adults?

Doesn’t matter to me, in my opinion it all depends on experience, but usually I work with adults more.

If you can share, what kind of equipment do you use?

Well mostly I use camera, haha. But if we talk seriously, I consider what kind of effect I want to achieve and what equipment I need for that. Most often I use Nikon and I’m  in love with prime lenses, I like them because I think they give better quality of images and most often aperture  is wider which gives better bokeh.Those details you might not see on internet as resolution is smaller but you can see them very well on larger prints.

When you work with models, do you agree that with some  its much easier, like they can read in your minds and with some its just not working well…?

Yes, that’s true with some there is that ‘chemistry’ and I’m able to do what was planed and even more. But sometimes even if model and photographer are experienced that doesn’t guarantees successful session.

As a male photographer do you think its hard to keep the distance towards female model during session?

Well I tried to be professional, am I always…you should ask my models, haha.

As I follow your profile on FB I can see that you have lots of fun during your photo sessions. Which one do you think was the best?

I think every session is interesting and every is different. Various  locations, people, situations so it’s hard to chose which one is the best. All of them are important for me, as I put lots of efforts, and heart in my work.

As an active photographer you attend  workshops, courses, which one do you remember the most?

Not only one but quite a few were interesting, those ones organized by Jurassic Photographic Workshops. I’ve learnt a lot, had fun during them and got amazing pictures.

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As we talk about working outside, how do you prepare to a photo session outside and how in studio?

Its all about planning ahead, I think first about concept and then gather everything I will need to bring idea to life. For an outdoor session I usually  check the place earlier and of course I check the weather. I have to adapt to those conditions and use them the best.

Where do you find inspiration for your images?

I talk to people, I look on pictures everywhere:  internet, magazines. Sometimes inspirations  come from art, movies… everything might inspire, you just have to find the way to show it on images, for me mostly on portraits.

Sounds interesting, I’m looking forward wait to see more of your work, as we speaking about, what’s your plans for future in photography?

My plan for future is simple, do pictures and don’t give up.

To conclude, if you can share your advice for beginners in photography?

Don’t worry about criticism, continue your way, learn and create.

Published by Kate Kobryn