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Saturday, January 13, 2007

P&P Blogger Profile: Richard Vanek

Richard Vanek of Europe in Black and White

I will be soon 40 years old. I am living in The Netherlands where I moved from Czechoslovakia (from part which is now Slovak Republic) more than seven years ago. Photographing from childhood, you can read more about me at www.piskoftak.com/about.phtml

Why do you blog?
Years ago I was active on modem based BBS scene where I enjoy publishing whatever I had in my mind and communicating with people. This blogging is continuation of that. On other hand is for me also very handy as I have kind of log of what, when and how I did. I also wanted to make my web site little more dynamic and share my thought with people.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Some time ago I have finished with reading all technical mailing lists and blogs as I didn't have time and all where just the same. RSS saved me I use it as quick filter, overview. So three you said:
Alec Soth (http://alecsoth.com/blog/)

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I am photographing from about time when I was eight years. I had some breaks. And I do not use photoshop, I use Picture Window Pro http://www.dl-c.com/ as it fits more my approach as a photographer and it is cheaper :-)

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
I use rangefinders and some old 6x6 when I was young. In a last few years I am using Nikon F100

Mac or PC?

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
My printer Epson 2100 with carbon pigment inks.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
Currently I really need new computer :-)

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Forget about technique, use your eye and brain for creativity.

What inspires you to create?
The death.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
There is no such a thing.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
In a quiet place with kind people.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read books

What talent would you most like to have?

Be able to play music...

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Laska moja!
What is your least favorite word? Odpal!
What turns you on? My wife :-)
What turns you off? Lie and Masquerade from people.
What sound or noise do you love? Breeze in the trees.
What sound or noise do you hate? Door clapping
What is your favorite curse word? Kua!
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Gardener
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Manager in big company.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? So you didn't belive it!

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