Petra Rolinec

I was born in Slovakia, grew up in Germany and spent the better part of the past 10 years in Botswana where I work as a photographer. This year has seen a radical change in my work, it has become more adventurous more inspired by people whose work is filled with love and by cinematography. Everyday my love for photography grows and so every picture I take is created with more love every day.



Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I was born in Slovakia, grew up in Germany and spent the better part of the past 10 years in Botswana where I work as a photographer. This year has seen a radical change in my work, it has become more adventurous more inspired by people whose work is filled with love and by cinematography. Everyday my love for photography grows and so every picture I take is created with more love every day.

Where are you based?
In Gaborone.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
One day about 5 years ago it dawned on me that it was pictures I loved more than anything else, be it the ones drawn by a sunset on sky, the moving ones on my TV screen or the ones taken with a stills camera and printed on glossy paper. That was when I decided that I wanted to become a photographer; I know it sounds preposterous, I was 27 years old and had never really taken any pictures or owned a camera but I had worked in the film industry and for a magazine since I finished my A Levels. I knew that I could learn and I have learned every day since. My path was not the same most photographers go, mine was long, distorted and swerving but it has taught me about composition, lighting, storytelling and editing. My photography is heavily influenced by my love to see, my love for beauty and the desire to create images that people can linger upon.
I aspire to show the weird beauty of reality that is within everything.

Do you come from an artistic background?
My parents come from a poor background in Slovakia and even if they had wanted to express themselves artistically they would have never had the chance to do so. My mother, who is the most amazing person I know, has always encouraged us (me and my sisters) to evolve. When I wanted to draw, she supplied me with paper and pencils, when I wanted to dance she found a ballet school for me and when I was performing on stage with my drama class she was always there to watch. As early as I can remember, I loved the arts and I loved drawing, singing, dancing, acting and every kind of self expression there is. Eventually I did my Abitur (equivalent A Levels) with my majors in Fine Art and Mathematics, to me a very logical combination since both requite creativity and the ability to use tools.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
Inspiration can be found everywhere. In the performance of a great actor, in the way shadows dance, in a quiet moment between people. Life is full of inspiration when you open your heart and allow it to come to you. Sometimes I am asked to do a shoot and I am not inspired at all, I have a general idea of a concept but the fireworks in my heart have not yet been lit and then I watch a movie and I just love the way a set is lit or I read an article on space travel or I see a little bird look for food and my heart lights up and I know what I really want to do. Life with all its beauty is trying to constantly inspire us, we just need to allow it to happen.

What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
There are so many and it would be unjust to single out only one. Being published is always exhilarating, just like every time somebody tells me that they like my work. And every time I reach a goal there is the next one to aim for.

What are your tools for creating?
Nikon D40x
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 50mm
Flash
Photoshop
MacBook Pro

What sets you apart from the others?
I don't give up.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
I want my work to be very different, it should reflect the growth within me. I would like to be in a position where I shoot for fashion magazines regularly, have exhibitions of my more artistic work and have a couple of books published.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
Love, Family, Friends, Food, Conversations, ... there is so much wonderful stuff in life.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
I would upgrade my equipment a little and I would finally get all the concepts done that are brooding in my head, some of which are very elaborate and costly.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
Never believe people when they tell you your work is great, on the other hand when people tell you how bad your work is, believe them. Especially when you're a beginner, most of the time your work will be bad, this is absolutely normal, nobody just woke up one day as a professional (i still don't know if I can call myself a professional) there is much to learn and for as long as you think that you are the best, you can never improve. Those who take the time to look at your work and critique it usually know what they are talking about. It is hard to be critiqued for something you are proud of (trust me I know), but it will move you along much faster.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
My work can be found on my webpage www.8tiesbaby.com and I can be booked for private shoots. I am working on a couple of projects which I would like to make into Coffee Table Books.

How can people get in touch with you?
Cell +267 72 966 840
Email petra@8tiesbaby.com
Web www.8tiesbaby.com

Any thanks or shout outs?
Everybody in my life deserves to be thanked, for all the good they did me, but also for all the bad. I wouldn't be where I am without either. I especially want to thank my mother who has done more for me than anybody else, to my family that always stands behind me, to my friends who encourage me to push and whose critical view of me and my work helps me grow.

Tell us about you and how you would you describe your "art"?
I was born in Slovakia, grew up in Germany and spent the better part of the past 10 years in Botswana where I work as a photographer. This year has seen a radical change in my work, it has become more adventurous more inspired by people whose work is filled with love and by cinematography. Everyday my love for photography grows and so every picture I take is created with more love every day.

Where are you based?
In Gaborone.

How long have you been making "art" and how did you get started?
One day about 5 years ago it dawned on me that it was pictures I loved more than anything else, be it the ones drawn by a sunset on sky, the moving ones on my TV screen or the ones taken with a stills camera and printed on glossy paper. That was when I decided that I wanted to become a photographer; I know it sounds preposterous, I was 27 years old and had never really taken any pictures or owned a camera but I had worked in the film industry and for a magazine since I finished my A Levels. I knew that I could learn and I have learned every day since. My path was not the same most photographers go, mine was long, distorted and swerving but it has taught me about composition, lighting, storytelling and editing. My photography is heavily influenced by my love to see, my love for beauty and the desire to create images that people can linger upon.
I aspire to show the weird beauty of reality that is within everything.

Do you come from an artistic background?
My parents come from a poor background in Slovakia and even if they had wanted to express themselves artistically they would have never had the chance to do so. My mother, who is the most amazing person I know, has always encouraged us (me and my sisters) to evolve. When I wanted to draw, she supplied me with paper and pencils, when I wanted to dance she found a ballet school for me and when I was performing on stage with my drama class she was always there to watch. As early as I can remember, I loved the arts and I loved drawing, singing, dancing, acting and every kind of self expression there is. Eventually I did my Abitur (equivalent A Levels) with my majors in Fine Art and Mathematics, to me a very logical combination since both requite creativity and the ability to use tools.

What inspires you? What are your influences (Who or What)?
Inspiration can be found everywhere. In the performance of a great actor, in the way shadows dance, in a quiet moment between people. Life is full of inspiration when you open your heart and allow it to come to you. Sometimes I am asked to do a shoot and I am not inspired at all, I have a general idea of a concept but the fireworks in my heart have not yet been lit and then I watch a movie and I just love the way a set is lit or I read an article on space travel or I see a little bird look for food and my heart lights up and I know what I really want to do. Life with all its beauty is trying to constantly inspire us, we just need to allow it to happen.

What is your most proud accomplishment so far?
There are so many and it would be unjust to single out only one. Being published is always exhilarating, just like every time somebody tells me that they like my work. And every time I reach a goal there is the next one to aim for.

What are your tools for creating?
Nikon D40x
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 50mm
Flash
Photoshop
MacBook Pro

What sets you apart from the others?
I don't give up.

Where are you trying to end up? (5 year plan?)
I want my work to be very different, it should reflect the growth within me. I would like to be in a position where I shoot for fashion magazines regularly, have exhibitions of my more artistic work and have a couple of books published.

What are your favorite things in life so far?
Love, Family, Friends, Food, Conversations, ... there is so much wonderful stuff in life.

If we gave you P1M what would you do with it?
I would upgrade my equipment a little and I would finally get all the concepts done that are brooding in my head, some of which are very elaborate and costly.

Any advice for people trying to do what you do?
Never believe people when they tell you your work is great, on the other hand when people tell you how bad your work is, believe them. Especially when you're a beginner, most of the time your work will be bad, this is absolutely normal, nobody just woke up one day as a professional (i still don't know if I can call myself a professional) there is much to learn and for as long as you think that you are the best, you can never improve. Those who take the time to look at your work and critique it usually know what they are talking about. It is hard to be critiqued for something you are proud of (trust me I know), but it will move you along much faster.

Where can people buy/get a hold of your work?
My work can be found on my webpage www.8tiesbaby.com and I can be booked for private shoots. I am working on a couple of projects which I would like to make into Coffee Table Books.

How can people get in touch with you?
Cell +267 72 966 840
Email petra@8tiesbaby.com
Web www.8tiesbaby.com

Any thanks or shout outs?
Everybody in my life deserves to be thanked, for all the good they did me, but also for all the bad. I wouldn't be where I am without either. I especially want to thank my mother who has done more for me than anybody else, to my family that always stands behind me, to my friends who encourage me to push and whose critical view of me and my work helps me grow.




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