Interview with Lubomir Letko
#1 Please introduce yourself
My name is Lubomir LEKTO. I’m 33 years old self taught photographer. Born in Slovakia, I’m currently living in France since 2012.
I have also lived in Ireland for 5 years from 2005 until 2010 where I have discovered my interest in photography for the first time.
I specialize in black and white long exposure photography, and I really like square format. Of course, I try to also take other kind such as pictures of the city’s architecture, etc.
#2 How did you get interested in photography?
A friend of mine showed me some of his pictures. I found them really good. He initiated me when he let me try his camera. The idea of making pictures myself was born in my head. Not long after, 2 other friends came to visit me in Ireland. They both had camera and took pictures during their trip. The idea grew stronger in my head and I bought my first camera soon after they left. I would like to take the opportunity to thank these friends: Brice, Valérie and Stéphane.
#3 Do you have an artistic/photographic background?
Before 2008, I have no artistic nor photographic background. I even didn’t understand the purpose of art until now. I was more interested in Sports. I now like and I have learnt to appreciate Art. Not only art in photography but art globally.
#4 Which artist/photographer inspired your art?
As I wrote earlier, one of my friend was the first person to inspire me.
Then, I spent some time shooting every thing I could (macro, landscape, portrait, etc…) until I discovered long exposure black and white pictures and suddenly fell in love.
This led me to searching for more pictures on the Internet and I saw many photographers who also inspired me as well. I don’t remember their names. Today I still like to spend time watching the work of the others photographers and the list would be too long 🙂
In between, I received some help from another friend of mine when I came back living in Slovakia between 2010 and 2012. He showed me a lot of technics on how to take photo and post-processing. He also helped me in making the decision of becoming an actual photograph. I’d like to thank you Luko.
#5 How much preparation do you put into taking a photograph?
Before to go somewhere, I spend some time checking the interesting places around the location I have chosen. I usually don’t travel very far so it doesn’t take long.
I just study how to get there. Once I got there, I then study the place under different angles to see all the possibilities of pictures.
In the end, I post my camera and stay for few hours taking some pictures with different exposition. But I never forget checking the tides before to go anywhere on the Atlantic coast!
#6 Which places have been your favourite shooting sites so far and why?
I have 2 favorites places:
– Plougrescant – Cote de Granit Rose : It is a beautiful place to only watch with a light house, it is a ‘must be seen’ according to me.
– Mont Saint Michel: You can look at it from any angle, it is a magical place.
I think whole Brittany itself ( in France ) is very nice at any time.
#7 What do you do in your life besides photography?
Since May 2014, I don’ t have any other job and I focus only on photography. But not only landscape photography, I do wedding photography as well. Also, I spend time taking care of my 14 months old daughter and enjoying life.
#8 What future plans do you have? What projects would you like to accomplish?
I’m currently working on new project: Abstract pictures that I’m very excited about and I wish that it will bring my success. It’s very different from what I’m doing now but I also fell in love with this kind of photography and I hope to be able to show you this work soon.