Interview with Kazutoshi Kawakami, the Category Winner of the European Photography Awards

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Kazutoshi Kawakami

Kazutoshi Kawakami, a self-taught photographer, got into photography when friends shared their own shots, inspiring him to start capturing moments himself. His goal now is to develop his skills and become a recognised photographic artist.

Interview With The 2023 European Photography Category Winner of the Year - Kazutoshi Kawakami

1Can you introduce yourself and talk about how you got into photography?
I began my journey into photography when I was inspired by my friends sharing their own captured moments, sparking my desire to create my own images. Today, my goal is to develop my craft and establish myself as a photographic artist.
2Where did you study photography?
I am a self-taught photographer when it comes to my skills and knowledge in photography. I, personally, tend not to frequent museums as it's not a common part of my routine.
3Do you remember your first shot? What was it?
I don't remember exactly, but I think it was a snapshot or a photo that falls into the category of street photography in the city.
4What equipment do you use?
I rely on an SLR camera to capture high-quality images. I use Adobe Photoshop for post-processing to enhance and refine my photos, ensuring they align with my artistic vision and standards.
5What do you hope to achieve?
My desire is to express my gratitude and share positive vibes with my supporters on a daily basis, as they play a significant role in my journey. Sending thanks and smiles is my way of acknowledging their unwavering encouragement and brightening their day in return.
6What THREE (3) words describe your photography style?
Creativity, idea and message!
7Congratulations! As the winner of the European Photography Awards, what does it mean for you and your team to receive this distinction?
I feel deeply privileged to be involved in the 2023 European Photography Awards, as it provides us photographers with a unique opportunity to express our gratitude to those who have supported us and celebrate their contributions alongside us!
8Can you explain a bit about the winning work you entered into the 2023 European Photography Awards, and why you chose to enter this project?
My intention was to produce a piece of art centred around the issue of global hunger. Simultaneously, I aspired for my artwork to gain recognition in the European Photography Awards, where its visual representation could resonate with a broader audience and potentially make an impact.
9How has winning an award developed your career?
The European Photography Awards presents an excellent platform for advancing my photography career. I've discovered that as photographers, this competition offers us a valuable opportunity for personal growth, enabling us to evolve not only as artists but also as individuals.
10Name 1-3 photographers who have inspired you.
Erik Johansson and Ben Shirk.
11What was the best piece of advice you were given starting out, by a mentor or your role model?
It's essential to maintain a positive and optimistic mindset where you avoid using negative or discouraging words. By adopting this approach, you are more likely to pave a path to success, as your mental attitude and language can significantly influence your actions and outcomes.
12What advice would you give someone who would like to become a photographer today?
Have faith in the emotions that you truly connect with and stay true to them. It's about trusting your gut and sticking with what feels right to you.
13What is your key to success? Any parting words of wisdom?
I don't feel that I've reached a point where I can call myself successful, but I have strong faith in the direction I'm heading. I'm putting in dedicated effort and working diligently on my chosen path, determined to achieve the success I'm aiming for.
14How do you stay in that space of being receptive to new information and knowledge?
I maintain an open and receptive mindset by embracing the present moment and finding my own unique way to adapt and shape it. This involves not just accepting circumstances as they are but also proactively making changes that align with my goals and values. It's about being flexible and creative in navigating life's challenges and opportunities.
15Anything else you would like to add to the interview?
I feel a deep sense of privilege to be a participant in this remarkable competition. I kindly request that you keep in mind the name KAZUTOSHI KAWAKAMI, representing Japan in this event. It's a recognition of both my personal commitment and my country's representation in this competition, and I'm excited to be a part of it.

Winning Entries

The last feed. | 2023

The last feed. | Kazutoshi Kawakami

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Marionette Ballerinas | 2023

Marionette Ballerinas | Kazutoshi Kawakami

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Kazutoshi Kawakami

Kazutoshi Kawakami, a self-taught photographer, got into photography when friends shared their own shots, inspiring him to start capturing moments himself. His goal now is to develop his skills and become a recognised photographic artist.

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