For the second part of the interview (see also part one) I've met with Michał in Warsaw. Well, to be honest, it wasn't an interview per say as we had a really interesting talk while walking down the streets on a Sunday afternoon. The conversations were about different things related to traveling, photography but also building relationships with people and art. The outcome of it was something that I wanted Michał to share as well in our official talk here. Below you can read the outcome. Enjoy!
Michał Huniewicz is one of those Guys who don't go for mediocracy. He also does not settle for what lies on the surface but digs deeper, goes further. Having seen quite a bit of the world and shared hundreds of stories with his photographs either on his blog, exhibitions or media he certainly had a number of occasions to learn, fail and develop his craft and opinions. He is also one of the few people I met with a great talent to freeze the moment in the right time and in a compelling way that conveys emotions and makes you think. Michal is making it to the headline news all over the world as we speak with his North Korean photographs showing a different reality to this presented by the government in Pyongyang.
I decided to interview Michał from a bit different angle than is presented in the media. I was curious about his experiences, developing craft and the story behind his passion. One might see that as the story which led him to North Korea or as the way he looks and experiences things. Under the selected photographs from Michał's archive you may find some additional background in terms of the circumstances where the photograph was taken or the history behind the shot.
Where did he visit the red zone? Who does he find being the harshest critic? Where from does he take his inspirations? Where is "the Island" located? These, and many more, questions you will find answered in our interview. Note that this is the first part of a two part series. Without any further ado, let's start.
As we dig in deeper and craft the draft plan we find that not much is written about Kamchatka, the remote peninsula or Russian Far East. Or it's not easily accessible at least. We are reaching out to people and talking about our plans. Jola is one of these people. She has visited this remote land few months ago and has agreed to support us in terms of gathering information and contacts to locals. Jola is a traveller and has seen quite a bit of the world. She is blogging in Polish at "Dzienniki z podróży" (en. Travel diaries). Her last posts are about the journey in question. I've asked Jola about the impressions on Kamchatka and what were the highlights of her journey.
John Holcroft is a Sheffield-based artists whose illustrations on topics such as obesity, 21 century addictions, taxes and more are very intriguing. Many of them are stripping people from their ego masks and showing how some of today's modern world really looks like in a minimalistic, yet very vidid, style. He has worked with British finest newspapers and magazines such as, but not limited to, BBC, Financial Times, The Guardian or The Economist.
Chloé Baudens known also as Klava is a traveller and an artist. She is passionate about the Slavic culture and open to what the world has to show. On daily basis she lives in Toulouse, France but most of the time she spends on travelling and sketching. I've asked Chloé few questions about how did she start drawing and what are her traveling plans. In between you can find her artwork - more of it you can view on Etsy (and buy some of her works) or access the portfolio on Flickr.