Hubert Leszczyński is a Polish photographer residing in Ireland who has been perfecting his skills since picking up his first DSLR camera four years ago. Hubert’s time in Ireland has been a big inspiration on his work and the country’s beauty and nature both pushed him into perfecting his skills. Hubert has since created two black and white photo series that gracefully explore the landscapes of both Ireland and Northern Ireland.
I caught up with Hubert to get some insight into his love for black and white photography and thoughts on his inspirations:
Well, there is not much I can tell you about inspirations. I obviously look at many photos as there’s so many on-line galleries where you can find some inspiration. But to be honest I don’t really look for them as I’m a sort of “lonely-wolf”. What I try to do is to show the particular place the way I see it or the way that Mother Nature allows me to capture it. Over the past couple of years, while I’ve been gaining knowledge and experience in landscape photography and post-processing, I’ve been trying to build some sort of style that my photographs will be recognized with.
Most my latest images are full of movement, no matter if they’re full of colors or converted to monochrome. The long exposure, as that’s what I’m talking about right now, allow me to create a world which cannot be seen by a human eye. Some say that this technique is popular but is also boring at the same time. The way I look at it is that you have to know what you want to achieve, a lot of experience in this field allows me to get the right effect pretty fast, but sometimes it can take a bit longer.
The other important thing is the monochrome conversion. I’d say there are two groups of photographers:
- Firstly: Some find it easy, use it very often and know exactly what they want to achieve.
- Secondly: Some just don’t like it, they tried it few times, but weren’t sure if that was the right way to go and simply gave up.
And I must say, believe it or not, I used to be one of those from the second group. But at some stage I decided to explore it again by reading a lot. That helped me to understand what actually happens with the image when you convert it to black and white. I started practising as much as I could, well I still do, and then I realised that there is a beauty in monochrome images. Sometimes an image can look much better in B&W than in color – believe me, it’s true.
All of these aspects of black and white photography may not be easy to understand straight away but you have to be patient and not give up while reaching the top of the mountain. I always try to be exact with my work and most of the times I get the effect I want. As a result, the world shown in my photographs is not as ordinary as you see it every day, these images can transfer you to a different dimension so you can look at the surroundings from an unreal angle.
It is interesting to note Hubert’s struggle with getting to grips with black and white photography and is a stage so many photographers have to deal with. Thankfully Hubert eventually fell in love the medium and has since created some beautiful works that can be found at his website and followed on his Facebook.