Five questions for creatives
Maciek Platek is a self-taught photographer who graduated in 2009 as a Chef. After working in restaurant kitchens for three years his creative instincts soon led him onto the path of photography, so he left his job to concentrate on photography full-time and is now an accomplished food and interior photographer.
He is also passionate about photographing architecture and has a large portfolio. From his studio in St Neots, he is building up a large client list of prominent local companies who are seeking him out to promote their business through his photography. Maciek has recently been working with La Maison Chic on a large advertising campaign and has an ongoing commission with Wyboston Lakes Hotel promoting all areas of their business.
In his spare time, he loves to travel around the world with his fiancé and capture the beauty of the world. You can read about his latest adventure to Peru on his blog.
How did you get into the creative industry, and was there a defining point in your career that led you on that path?
I have been a creative person all my life, from a very young age I’ve been interested in food. My defining point was when I became a chef I realised that I did not only want my food to be eaten in minutes, but to be captured as an image of my creation. I’ve realised that food and photography go hand in hand together.
Is there anything you would change in your current career and if so why?
No, I’m happy where my photography is right now, I’m working very hard to promote this, and feel it needs to be done slowly and in the right direction, I am working to give my clients complete satisfaction.
Where do you see yourself, and your career in five years’ time?
In five years’ time, my goal is to have a well-known reputation as a quality photographer working with food and interior magazines as well as property companies.
Are there any rules or habits that help you do your job more efficiently?
I always discuss with my clients on the day regarding what we are creating and the outcome they require.
What tips would you give to anybody who is looking to get started in the creative industry?
Follow your heart, stick to the things you love, visit exhibitions in your chosen field, and learn from others.
You can see Maciek’s work on his website: www.maciekplatek.com