Country of Origin: Poland
Polish-born impressionist photographer Eva Polack has written and published two books on impressionist photography and she will write a third book and hold a workshop on the subject in 2011. Her photos have been selected and appeared in the British Practical Photography magazine, also other magazines and in the New Zealand Camera Book each year between 2007-2009.
Polak is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s leading fine art photographers. Her images are represented in private collections in New Zealand, Australia and as far afield as Europe.
Breaking the rules (taking photos out of focus) helped Polak discovery her passion for impressionist photography. Her husband gave her a camera for Christmas in 2007 and soon after she saw an advert for an impressionist photo workshop at Auckland University. It was love at first sight. She was overwhelmed by the free style of photography and knew it would be her artistic and career passion forever.
``That workshop really changed my life and my way of looking at photography. Almost from the first photo shoot I knew instinctively this was what I wanted to be doing. Somehow everything made sense, as if I was born to become an impressionist photographer. As for inspiration, I find it all around me. I’m very lucky living in New Zealand. This is such a beautiful land full of contrasts and extraordinary light.
``Since that day, I’ve been thrilled to show my impressionist work at various exhibitions, festivals, in magazines and books. When I started out, taking photos I was merely pointing and shooting what I saw. I wasn’t thinking about composition, light, shade, or any other aspect of the creative process.
"I learned how to use the camera properly, read up the subject, subscribed to various photography magazines, attended workshops and generally absorbed myself in the art of creating images.
To my delight, my photography started to change. ‘’
Formerly a graphic designer in her homeland of Poland, Polak fell in love with the landscape when she arrived in New Zealand towards the end of the 1990s. Her impressionist photo works are now a reflection of that.