Interview: a moment between dreaming and awakening

June 27

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Martin Stranka is in love with photography and we can see it in his photos. Unforgettable shots.

Being a winner of over 50 major international photography awards during the last year, Martin Stranka continues to capture magic moments between dreaming and awakening. Just take a look.

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1. What do you love doing most besides photography?

I try to lose myself in order to find myself again. I love walking in the woods. I like the smell of autumn and warm light of sunset. I love walking around with music in headphones and observing people and what's happening around. I love listening music so much. It is an amazing and endless inspiration.

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2. What's behind the scene? How much time and effort does it usually take to create a masterpiece?

It really depends on each work. Some pieces took a day or two to create them. Some pieces take forever to finish it. But I can say it averages around a week. I am not someone who plans a photo shoot a many days and weeks beforehand.

I like spontaneous moments and being grabbed by those moments. So sometimes my work was created as an impulsive vision. I cannot draw so I even cannot prepare my scenes with sketches or so. So I have an idea in my mind, work on it and try to imagine it as a real scene. 

When it becomes real in my mind, I start taking photos and then I post-process it. Which leads to the final result. I do not create surreal work, I create my own reality I see every day.

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3. Would you change anything in your life if you had only one wish?

Yes, I would start much earlier with photography. I started 9 years ago when I was 23 as a result of an accident in my life.

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4. What's your lifetime dream?

When I was younger I wanted to be a photographer and doing it for living. It happened quite quickly which I would like to keep it. And now I want to be "only" happy. I know it sounds quite easily. But the older I am the worse it is. 

So I am so grateful for the last months when I feel happy and loved. And I will try to keep it as long as possible. And I hope I will never lose inspiration and need and urge to create.

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Martin Stranka is a pro photographer from the Czech Republic. He has won over 50 worldwide awards including Nikon International Photo Contest, Sony World Photography Awards, Prix de la Photographie Paris and others. 

To find out more about Martin, go to his official website: http://www.martinstranka.com/ or follow him on FB page: https://www.facebook.com/MartinStrankaPhotography

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