Recently I have come across a beautiful photo series shot by Seb Janiak, and it features Naomi Campbell. The series is so powerful that it has stuck in my head ever since.
After looking at his other works on his website, I have decided to introduce this amazing photographer to the Swide readers. Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure today to have Seb Janiak on Swide.
Marcus: Hello Seb, thank you so much for taking your time to answer some of my questions on Swide this week. So, how did you get into photography? Since you are also a movie-maker and author-script writer, do you consider yourself as a multi-talented artist?
Seb Janiak: I discovered photography when I used a video camera plugged into the first graphic computer called "Paint box". I started to shoot models and some Starck creations in 1987!! I always feel attraction to photography and movie making and these avenues can keep myself always curious and excited.
M: I did not know you actually shot Starck’s creations, that must be fun! So what 3 adjectives will you use to describe your photography style?
S: Visionary, sophisticated and simple.
M: Visionary is definitely one of the adjectives I will use to describe your works. Well, out of all the projects you have done till now, which one was the most memorable? Why?
S: Most of them were done with research, creation and passion, so it is difficult to choose the most memorable one. Recently the shoot I did with Naomi Campbell was a nice experience.
M: I have to admit, I am very addicted to the Naomi series. It has been stuck in my head ever since I first saw it. I know recently you have released your first art book and would you be able to give us some information about it?
S: At first I was in talks with Taschen, however, I did not get a reply from the company for a year. Finally, I met the 2 founders of Zauberkind edition, Armin Senrich (art director) and Patrizio Di Renzo (editor) and I totally trusted them. From that moment on, the magic of creating the book came back!
The difficulty to create this book was to mix all my different series and styles into it. At the end, the result was much beyond I expected and I am very happy about it!
M: Congrats on the release of your book and I am hoping one day I will be able to read it. Last but not least, looking at your website, I always feel like your works are futuristic. Do other people actually think this way too? Also, Do you have any models in mind you want to work with in the future?
S: My works are not futuristic. I always use things which are accessible to all, but it's just nobody sees or thinks about them. Plastic or silver make up is not new, but I agree it is rare to see people using lasers in a shoot. The way I use the laser is natural and classical, which helps to balance out the images.
As for the models, I don't have any desire or wishes in mind, I just follow my instinct and the power of present time!
Credits: Seb Janiak