From vibrant flowers to glittering droplets and delicious multicolored treats, Aleksandra Madejska's world is one of wonder. Her photographs take their viewers on a fantastic journey through the viewfinder. Originally from Częstochowa, Poland, Aleksandra is also a great lover of books, cooking and long walks. She loves to discover magical places and capture their beauty in her photographs. Although her main passion is nature photography, predominantly macro, her work shines through its diversity and includes portraits, animal photography –birds and cats are favorites among these – and landscapes. To find out more about Aleksandra and download her beautiful theme for Windows with lots of gorgeous flowers, we recommend the interview below.
Introducing Aleksandra Madejska
Aleksandra spoke to us about the way everything around her inspires her, especially her garden, in a short interview:
How did you get into photography?
Photography was one of my father's hobbies when I was a child. But back then we only had analog cameras and taking photos wasn't cheap. So I couldn't really try it too many times because being young, I wasn't very skilled. My father showed me how to operate a camera but he was of course a better photographer than me and I let him take most of the shots. I started taking photographs myself when my parents bought a compact digital camera. It was long ago and digital photography was something new then. The best thing about it for me was that I could see the results immediately. I tried it and I liked it. After that first camera, I bought a Nikon D80 and oh, I was so happy, I completely fell in love with it and photographing became a very important part of my life.
Nature inspires me. People inspire me. The world inspires me. I can find inspiration nearly anywhere. The world is so beautiful that you only have to learn to appreciate it. For me it's the best inspiration ever. I love nature and everything included in it - animals, plants, beautiful landscapes etc, but I also like urban and industrial settings - old buildings, forgotten places that have an air of mystery and magic about them. My photography is dominated by flowers but only because of my garden - I open the door of my house and have so many chances to take photos and I just can't help myself!
What type of camera do you use and what sort of post-processing software?
I use a Nikon D700 with some Nikkor and Sigma lenses. I must say that I just love old manual lenses and use them while photographing flowers – the bokeh effect is amazing when I use old Helios or Yashica lenses. As for post-processing, when I want to show the natural beauty of a subject I try to minimize post-processing, but most of time I have my own vision of a photo so I change colors freely and do it all in Adobe Photoshop.
What do you think was the biggest influence in your photography?
That's a hard question. I think there was no such thing in my case. I was learning alone, driven by my own desire for improvement and the vision of the effects I wanted to have in my photos. Sometimes I was looking at photographs on the internet and found things that I wanted to learn and try in my photography. And I do it all the time - learning from others. I think it's quite a good method to improve your skills.
Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?
I can't say that I'm proud of this photograph because I don't think that my photos are good enough to inspire pride. I like them more or less but I'm my own strictest critic. However this photograph is important to me because it won third place in a local photography contest. I earned money with it and got some exposure in the media as well. Therefore, you can say it brought me a little success in the real world. It's important for me to know that I can be good at the things I do, it helps me believe in myself.
There are many places I want to go, see and photograph but I think for now traveling remains a dream. New Zealand, Transylvania (in Romania), Venice (in Italy) and many, many more. I would also like a chance to try wildlife photography. In Poland we have some wonderful nature. I only need a good lens for that. Actually, it's already on my 'to buy' list. Sometimes I regret moments which passed by. There were many situations when I saw something incredible and didn't have my camera with me. I want to have a chance to relive such moments, with my camera in tow this time.
What are your plans with photography from here on out?
Plans? It's hard for me to say anything certain about the future, but one thing is clear - I won't stop taking pictures! Maybe I will think about entering other photography contests to test myself further. I'm still learning so I hope that time will bring me new skills and the knowledge to take better and better photos.
Enjoy Aleksandra's Work Through a Windows Theme - Download Links
Aleksandra has chosen to share with us some of her beautiful flower photographs in her theme for Windows 7 and Windows 8.
COPYRIGHT: Aleksandra Madejska. If you plan to use the pictures included in this theme for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.
Follow Aleksandra Madejska & Her Work
If you enjoyed Aleksandra's photographs and would like to see the rest of her wide portfolio, you can follow her on deviantART. We especially recommend taking a look at her droplets series and animal photography.
We would like to thank Aleksandra for sharing her work with us and our readers and wish her only the best in all her future projects.