Tomasz Trzebiatowski

X-Pert 53 Interview

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Tomasz Trzebiatowski is a giant in the world of Fujifilm photography.  he is not only a Fujifilm X-Photographer but also founder of the world renowned fuji enthusiast website fujilove. He hails from Poland.

Tomasz or Tomash, as he likes to be known as, started Fujilove as a personal blog and little did he know then, how enormous a site it would become. For his personal photography Tomash likes to capture black and white photography and within that genre, making photographs of minimalistic landscapes and experimenting in abstraction. The main reason why I had to ask Tomash to take the X-pert 53 Interview was because I knew he loved shooting with the XF35mm f/1.4 lens. It is one of his favourite lenses and after discovering this from reading articles he had written on Fujilove detailing how that particular lens had a very special place in his heart, it was a must to have him take on the 11 specific XF35mm lens questions. I am honoured to have him grace the 53mm website.

Here is Tomash's X-pert 53.

1. What Genre Of Photography Do You Specialise In?

I don’t really “specialise”, I guess. I am fascinated by everything around me, I find great photo subjects in every day situations, in details and shapes, in people’s faces… I react. I react to what happens to be along the lines of my inner thoughts and condition at any given moment.

2. Why Do You Like Using The XF35mm Lenses?

It must be this angle of view, which corresponds most closely with my natural way of looking at the world. Using a 35mm lens on a Fuji X camera makes it tight enough to get close to the subject, but yet, it still sets the subject into its environment. It seems to be an ideal focal length for me. 

3. What Do You Like Photographing The Best With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses? Why Your Choice?

I love portraying “fragments”. Fragments of the scene, of a building, of a tree. I like getting intimate with my subjects. I feel like I am having a conversation with them and through that they “open up” and let me photograph them even “better".

Why Your Choice?

As much as a public and open person I am, I am also an introvert. I like to concentrate on my inner feelings and I am trying to find out what’s happening inside of my subjects as well. The 35mm lens lets me get closer, more personal with them. 

4. Do You Shoot Professionally With The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes. I photograph many musicians and I love using the 35mm lens for capturing their emotions.

5. Fuji XF35mm F/1.4 Or Fuji XF35 F/2? Why Your Choice?

I like them both, but my heart beats for the f1.4. Magical lens. With a character. I really feel like it is a bridge between old a new. It is not the fastest lens, but the character of images it produces is wonderful. I also like to photograph darker scenes pretty often, so one more stop of light does not hurt :)

6. How Often Do You Reach For Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

Very often. In fact, I keep one of them on the X-Pro2 most of the time.

7. Could You Live With Just An XF35mm Lens In Your Photography Bag?

Absolutely. When I imagine having just one lens, I actually know that I would be growing as a photographer much faster. Unfortunately, there are other options and I am curious to play with them as well. Sometimes I wish I had much more discipline.

8. Do You Like To Use Available Light Or Studio Light With Your XF35mm Lens/Lenses?

If possible - available light. And it is not, because I dislike flash or other artificial light sources. It is because my main idea in photography is to capture reality as it is, without my “modifications”.

9. What Fuji-X Camera Body Do You Prefer To Use The XF35mm Lenses On? Why Your Choice?

Currently - X-Pro2. X-Pro2 plus one of the available 35mm lenses makes for a great functioning, sexy combination. 

Why Your Choice?

It remains small, so I can be invisible when walking down the streets. I can mingle with the surroundings and that’s when I produce my best images. 

10.Do You Have Any Favourite Photographs Using The XF35mm Lenses?

Yes sure.

11.Finish This Line: The Fuji XF35mm Lenses Are…

... what they are supposed to be: real photographic tools, they help me becoming a better photographer every single day.

Iain Palmer

Abundant Magazine