We had the good fortune of connecting with Kasia Trojak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kasia, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
Beginnings are hard and every obstacle can be discouraging. Long time ago I came across a photographer who created a motto that defined his work and his process and it inspired me to make my own: “keep shooting no matter what.” And in the times of self-doubt i remember to just keep going and that the epic picture is still to come if i just keep going 🙂
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In photographing on the street or while taking portraits I’m the most excited about the unexpected. Hopeful that I capture something special, unique and authentic. Photography is tricky because it looks easy. But in order to really capture someone or something a lot of elements need to align in a perfect moment. I’m forever searching for those moments to capture.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Silverlake is the neighborhood where I live and spend the most time in. Coffee at Lamill, acai bowl at tribal cafe, picnic at the silverlake meadow or a walk around the reservoir, followed by vegan dinner at El Cochinito, and drinks at Bar Stella are the go-to things i would do if someone came to visit me here. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are a lot of people who influenced me to become better and helped me on the way to opportunities. A photographer whose story I really admire is Lynsey Addario. I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to her book “It’s what I do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War.” Hearing a very successful photographer speak about her beginnings and failures and how she overcame them was really uplifting and relatable. Her experiences as a female photographer in a male dominated field helped me put things in perspective.
All pictures by Kasia Trojak