One more time Maciej Dakowicz : Cardiff, parties & photography
There is no need to introduce Maciej and his series “Cardiff after dark”. Worldwide known photographer still gets lots of attention from media and his visit to Kaunas wasn’t an exception. But still we get a chance to talk, even the festival is on his last weeks. So one more time about Cardiff, parties & photography.
How did you came up with the idea of taking pictures of Cardiff at night?
I went to Wales in 2004 from Hong Kong to continue working for a professor as a research assistant at university near Cardiff. I have never been before to the UK so I was quite excited about the new place. Soon I discovered the vibrant weekend nightlife of Cardiff and simply started taking pictures of it, without much preparation or research.
What do you think about party traditions and night life of Wales?
To be honest I don’t know much about party traditions there, my experience is quite narrow. I concentrated my attention on a small part of the city centre at particular time of Saturday nights. So I cannot generalise the Welsh people and their party traditions. But I can say that people who venture to the city centre of Cardiff on weekend nights like to party and they know how to do it well. The atmosphere is very cheerful, there are many people on the streets, many wearing funny costumes, a lot of chatting and laughing everywhere. There is very little of violence, very few fights. A night out in Cardiff is a good night out.
Was there a story that you thought was your last as a night lifephotographer? (I mean was there any situation that broke your patience or good mood?)
There were not so many situations like that, very few, I can”t even remember any anymore. Once a drunk guy chased me for a while wanting to take my camera away, or some women wanted to take me to the police. But really, nothing serious, nothing to really remember or talk about. I generally had good experiences shooting there.
Is that true that you are not a full time photographer, what is your day job? How did felt in love with cameras and pictures?
Well no, I am a full time photographer, photography is all I do now. I was working at university before, but I left my job in 2010. I bought my first camera in Hong Kong around 2002 to take pictures of this fascinating place to show them to family and friends. I didn’t know anything about photography, but quickly I got hooked up and it became my real passion and I hoped to be able to quit my job one day and become a professional photographer.
What inspires You in your personal life and can You also name some artists?
I am inspired by many photographers, too many to list them here. Photography is a very important part of my life and my life turns around it. I read many articles about photography and buy many photography albums all the time. Almost all my Facebook friends are people from the photography world and their updates are an important source of information.
Whats next what you are working on right now?
I have some ongoing projects in India. I have been 11 times to that fascinating country and hope to return there again this year. For example I have been three years in a row to Sonepur Mela, Asia’s largest cattle fair that starts as a religious festival and soon turns into a large amusement park and trade fair. I have gathered a large body of work on this even and hope to return there again this year to continue that project.
What about the parties in general? Do You like to celebrate and whats your ideal way to do that?
I like parties, but I prefer drinking beer than dancing. For me an ideal party is having a good pint of beer with my old good friends or interesting new people. Very simple. There can be a pack of crisps somewhere too.
Sounds really good. What Kaunas photo festival, did you enjoy the most?
The festival was a great experience for me, a big surprise too. Everything was prepared and run very well, there was a lot of attention in the media, which was great. The openings of exhibitions very busy and interesting events. I was very pleased seeing my “Cardiff After Dark” exhibition in the Photography Gallery in the Old City of Kaunas – it was beautifully printed, mounted and hung there, great work, all really professional. I also enjoyed spending time with other exhibiting photographers and we quickly became friends. The evening parties were great and the final party in the wooden house outside Kaunas was very special. So, it was simply wonderful. Thank you so much for inviting me and all your great work. Excellent.
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