Laura Kaczmarek is a fashion and portrait photographer based in Dortmund, Germany. A love of skateboarding culture and an incredible eye for portraiture has seen Laura’s work picked up by many of the new wave of fashion and culture mags including Indie Magazine, Client, Cake, C-Heads and Sicky Magazine.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you first got started in photography.
I finished my training as an architectural and industrial photographer and am now studying photography at a design university in Dortmund, Germany. Otherwise, I enjoy spending time on my skateboard. When I was sixteen, I always used to hang out with a big group of boys. We used to ride from dusk until dawn everyday and, at some point, I wanted to start capturing the best moments of each trip and so me and my Dad decided to share a single lens reflex camera. In the first couple of years, my intention was primarily just to catch those nice moments, so they wouldn’t be buried in oblivion. After a while I started to think about photography in a different way.
Skateboarding has been my passion for ten years now and my hobby has definitely influenced my style of photography.
How would you define your style?
It’s between portrait and fashion with a focus on youth culture. Skateboarding has been my passion for ten years now and my hobby has definitely influenced my style of photography.
Who or what are your main sources of inspiration?
There are so many things! You just have to keep your eyes open. I am extremely inspired by different locations I find from time to time. I love urban, run-down architecture and landscapes and always have an eye on what’s happening on the streets. Of course, I also get my inspiration from other photographers and artists – as well as music, films, memories or something like that.
What has been the best piece of advice given to you about your photography?
A good friend of mine told me “shoot more in color”. From that point, I discovered color for myself. Thanks a lot to my partner in crime!
I love urban, run-down architecture and landscapes and always have an eye on what’s happening on the streets.
Where do you want your photography to go next?
I would like to shoot more for print magazines in the direction of fashion – I really love to see and, of course, to feel my photos printed. It’s a good feeling; but I must say everything is running smoothly at the moment and, if it stays that way, I’m more than satisfied.
Are you currently working on any photographic projects that you can tell us about?
I am currently working on something new – it’s a personal project about young people on Friday night. The main part is a short film I am producing together with the Trustandtry Crew and in addition to that we are creating a series of photographs.
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