Petra Rolinec started out as a photographer in Germany, she has worked in Botswana and is now en route into her next adventure in Stockholm.
‘I have always loved images, or rather I have always loved art. Coming from Slovakia, having parents who grew up and lived in a system in which is was important to have a ‘proper’ job, it took me a very long time to realise that I could actually work as an artist. Even though I grew up in Germany, we moved there when I was 3 years old, I always had that sense of needing a real job ingrained in me. It took me to move to Botswana and being away from my family for me to make the step to take up art as my profession. My family always supported me but didn’t really understand what it is that I want to do with my life.’
‘In 2008 I bought my first camera and decided that I will try to become a photographer, I was 27 at that point and a photographic late bloomer. It was a time of many disappointments. Even though I knew that it is possible to capture wonderful images and that it was within me to do so, I had no idea how. My pictures were never the way I wanted them to be, and even now I still am not at the point where my work satisfies my own expectations. I learned a lot from tutorials, from trying out new things and from doing a course with the NYIP (New York Institute of Photography), but I actually learned the most from the many people who told me that my work is not good enough. I have many friends who would tell me that even though they thought I had potential, and that I was improving, I still had a long way to go. Patiently they would show me new ways of looking at my work and seeing the flaws in it; and so I learned. I am still learning, still struggling to break through that ceiling of becoming truly great at what I do.’
‘Fashion and Beauty photography is something I especially love, because it allows me to play and be wild. I draw inspiration from everything that is around me, from the light, the fabric, the space, the model, a car, sometimes just a colour. I rarely have a detailed plan when I go out to shoot. I usually have a general idea or a concept from the outset, but the main thing is to feel the situation, to see what I can create from the things given to me. To be moved by the creative process.
I am currently in the process of moving to Stockholm, starting afresh in a new country where I have never been and only recently started to learn the language. I am curious to see how my work will develop, how my thoughts will find a way to be expressed in my work and how my work will be experienced by the people I will encounter.’