BOTOND WERTÁN - INTERVIEW
Tell us about yourself. What is your background, and how did you get into photography?
I am photographer from Hungary. After a few years in high school, it was clear that I wouldn’t follow my dad's path and become a lawyer. So right after graduating I went to a photo school where I learned all the basics I needed. I wouldn't say that the motivation of people around me was very inspirational, because most of the people in this school ended up there because they weren't really sure about what they wanted to do. For me it was obvious from the beginning that this was going to be my profession. I took all the lessons very seriously and stayed in the darkroom for hours and to completely immerse myself analogue photography. Moreover, my Grandmother was a photographer as well so she gave me a lot of old photographic papers and helped me organize my own darkroom at home.
Please provide us with a list of the gear you use on a regular basis:
Fujifilm GFX50s for digital medium format (lenses: 45 and 63mm (35 and 50mm ekv.)
Canon 5D Mark III (and some 6D)
Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART
Canon 50mm 1.2 L II
Canon 85mm 1.2 L II
Canon TSE - 45mm 2.8
Samyang TSE 24mm 3.5
Canon 16-35mm L 2.8 II
Canon 100mm 2.8 L macro
Dji Mavic Air
Canon v33 (for me to be able to use all of my canon lenses on analog system as well)
Mamiya RB67 pro (50mm 4.5 and 90mm 3.8)
Minolta XD7 with 50mm 1.4 Rokkor
What does your post-production process look like?
I like to have everything in order around me when I start to work. At first I make a safe copy of all the taken photographs. Then I use camera raw to edit my files.
How has your photography style evolved over time?
At the beginning, technical professionalism was my number one aim. I didn't really focus on the theme. I guess I've always had a sense for aesthetics but in the beginning I wasn't able to tell exactly what I was really interested in. Then I started to take photos of my friends and the more photos I took, the clearer it was that the human face (portraits) and the body itself became some kind of passion for me. And then there was this other thing I have always been picky about: style itself.
I've always had a very clear idea of what I liked and what I didn't— of what I find worthy to take a photo of.
So as time passed by I ended up creating my own language in photography which I still think is something very important to have.
What are your favourite tools for capturing, editing, and enhancing your photographs?
In my images, I prefer the most natural editing possible. I avoid too much contrast, saturation and too much fading. Too much manipulation of the image smell like optical lies to me.
What is your greatest piece of advice for emerging photographers?
Dare to ask any kind of question from those they look up to! For me it was a great help to have my grandmother by my side who was a great and experienced analog photographer. Her presence and the advices she gives me - even today - are great help and inspiration.
What type of photography do you most enjoy?
Fashion, lifestyle and taking photos of interesting people.
What are you discouraged about in your work/business? What encourages you?
I always turn discouragement to challenge.
My beautiful girlfriend Luca encourages me the most.
When was a time you thought you would/had failed? How did you overcome it?
I think although questioning yourself is a bad feeling it something that should naturally come up every time you go to a shooting. This is the only way you can keep on challenging yourself. So when any kind of failure occurs, it puts me to a bad state of mind at first but then I take it as a lesson and try to turn it into something good.
What defines success for you as a photographer? If you never achieve that, will you still be satisfied with what you do?
First of all, constant professional support is essential I guess. Besides that on a longer term I would like to become a fashion and lifestyle photographer mainly but if that never happens I think I could still be a satisfied photographer. :)
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