My name is Magdalena Chmura, and I am a freelance photographer in Greater Dayton. I was born in Poland and came to the United States in 1996. I am an American woman with a European “eye” and soul.
As a freelance photographer, I am available for hire for portrait, model/glamour work and event photography. I also enjoy photographing homes, gardens, and food. Many of my photographs are for sale for display in residences, offices, and other settings.
I have loved artistic things and activities since I was little girl. I love to feel creative in my photography, and everything else I do in life. I feel most alive when I am creative.
Most of my photographic work is about people, places and things in the Dayton area because I live there. In the future, I plan to capture more of Poland and other places around the world with my camera.
In many ways, I am a visual learner and I experience things most deeply when I see them with my own eyes. In part, this explains why photography is important to me–It gives me the opportunity to see and feel deeply.
My photography takes two basic forms: 1) capturing what I see in an interesting way; and 2) developing a creative vision and using my camera to bring that vision to life.
I think it is important to live authentically and passionately, and see the world in an honest and appreciative way. I try to do that with my camera. At the same time, it is important to create photographs that are interesting and make people feel and think something. Photography should also be fun, make people happy and make people feel better about themselves.
Ansel Adams said that “A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” This is so true. I like “looking into” photographs to understand what lies beneath the surface. It’s always an adventure for me to understand the expression on someone’s face, or why the sunlight creates certain types of shadows. I want to know and fully experience the things I photograph.
Finally, this quote by Susan Meiselas describes my love affair with photography: “The camera is an excuse to be someplace you otherwise don’t belong. It gives me both a point of connection and a point of separation.”