Interview With Jiri Lizler From Czech Republic

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Jiri Lizler

Online learning and tutorial era has turned Jiri Lizler into a brilliant, and an expert self-taught Photographer. You would believe it when you see his amazing works!

Interview With Jiri Lizler From Czech Republic

Interview with the 2021 MUSE Photography Awards Winner - Jiri Lizler

1Can you introduce yourself and talk about how you got into photography?

My name is Jiri Lizler and I have been a commercial photographer with a focus on architectural photography for over 8 years. These last few years, I have shifted more towards hotels photography. A fun fact about me, I got into photography by accident! It was when I was interested to find out how to take those sexy interior design photos.

2Where did you study photography?

Actually, I've never studied photography. I learnt everything by myself since eight years ago. Mostly its online learning and when the tutorial era began, I was there.

3Do you remember your first shot? What was it?

I don't remember the exact photo but it was definitely awful, with a lot of unnecessary retouching.

4What equipment do you use?

I use Canon 5DS, 5D M3 and R6, with variety of lenses. Mainly 24mm TS-E for my architectural work, and 24-70 and 100mm for details images.

5What do you hope to achieve?

I love the excitement before shooting new faces. I hope to do more shoots for bigger clients. As of now, I'm truly fascinated by interior designs and working with hotels. Therefore, that's the path I'd like to pursue.

6What compliment inspired/touched you the most?

I appreciate all the criticism and compliments. I don't have a favorite yet.

7What inspires your unique storytelling?

The vast majority of my work is commercial commissions. For the last few years, I have been solely focused on these jobs and have neglected myself. In commercial, it's always about communicating with the client, respecting the standards given, and a little bit of the part left for you. My goal is to make the photography as visually interesting as possible, but to the extent that it is still real.

8What THREE (3) words describe your photography style?

Clean, Crisp, Natural

9Congratulations! As the winner of the MUSE Photography Awards, what does it mean for you and your team to receive this distinction?

I was shocked! After a long time, I entered the awards using my own work that was personal and meaningful to me, and finally won... That is such a great feeling.

10Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2021 MUSE Photography Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?

I've been shooting with my wife Lucy since the beginning, who has also taken up photography somewhere last year, specifically on food photography. One day, when I was driving to the airport to pick up my wife and daughter, I had an idea about food photography, that it is all very similar. So, I started to entertain myself with an idea how the food is going to be presented in the future, and wonder what the focus will be? I have an internal association of neon colours, which for me, represents the future. That's how I came up with the Neon series.

11How has winning an award developed your career?

I have won several awards in my country, Czech Republic. But, I have never pursued this career with the intention to enter competitions. I will probably have to rethink this ;)

12Name 1-3 photographers who have inspired you.

For architecture, it's Tom Kurek and Ema Peter.

For food, it's definitely Francesco Tonelli.

13What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out, by a mentor or your role model?

As I was self-taught, I did not really consult with anyone and had to learn the hard way, by trying and failing.

14 What advice would you give someone who would like to become a photographer today?

Don't think too much about the quality of your work (it will probably suck when you start) but just keep shooting, it will get better.

15What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?

Do not try to push ideas, it has to come naturally. Sometimes you have to connect the dots but it cannot be forced. Think differently.

16 How do you stay in that space of being receptive to new information and knowledge?

I love gaming, it's the only time when my brain stops thinking. I came up with this series when my wife and daughter were on vacation. I had a week for myself where I was gaming non-stop. The day I came to pick them up I connected the dots.

17Which THREE (3) peers, within the photography industry, would you nominate to be a judge in the next MUSE Photography Awards? (You may include yourself within, and please include the email addresses)

I would nominate everyone to try it out.

Winning Entries

The Neon | 2021

Interview With Jiri Lizler From Czech Republic

How will food and ingredients be presented in the future? Do the flavours have colour? Is the enjoyment of the food different if you present it in a different light?
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Jiri Lizler

Online learning and tutorial era has turned Jiri Lizler into a brilliant, and an expert self-taught Photographer. You would believe it when you see his amazing works!