How I Got This Picture - Gosia Janik Posted On 11th July 2023 To Magazine & How I got this picture
Gosia Janik gives us the lowdown on how she captured this striking portrait.
Medium format 6x5
Mamiya 645 AFD
Mamiya 80mm f2.8
Home/studio in Madrid
Firstly, tell us the story behind this image. What inspired you to shoot it?
I often work with “new faces” - models that are sent to me by agencies to shoot a session for building or renovating their portfolio.
Xu was sent to me by Viewmanagement agency, which likes a lot analog photos. I take photos both with digital and analog camera, using almost always one film per session. When I see through the digital lens that there is something interesting in the pose or light or anything else, I take my Mamiya and shoot it.
Did you come across any challenges?
I don´t have lots of light in my home, sun doesn’t enter through my window. If I shoot close to the window, my exposure range is from 1/125 to 1/250 if its a really sunny day. If the model is a bit further I can use even 1/45 to get a good exposure. In this case I use also a model light of Elinchrom Octa which was turned on and gave this soft glow on the edge of an arm and leg of my model.
What process did you use?
I almost never use tripod, I feel very limited by it. I love to change lenses, cameras, distances and angles all the time. The tripod would make the flow of my work impossible. I don’t use filters, I really like everything to be as natural as it can be. And I love to work with natural light. In this case the studio light was turned on but even so I only use the model light (which is normal bubble not flash light).
How did you process it?
The films develop my husband Fernando Ocaña who is also a photographer. He develops it in our kitchen using ILFORD ILFOSOL 3 and after he takes photos of negative with digital camera, tripod and macro lens.
What about printing?
I don't have darkroom, that's why I don't print on paper at the moment.
Image - ©Gosia Janik