This week we caught up with Slovak-based photographer, Milan Dzadik and talked to him about his two passions.
Hey there! Tell us more about you.
Heyy everybody! My name is Milan and I am a young photographer based in the east of Slovakia. I love extreme sports, I am totally into cars and I grew up on AC\DC, although my taste in music has since progressed to more chilled-out beats and relaxing tunes…
I’ve always lived my own way of life that is different from what society is trying to define. We only live once!
I still live in Slovakia, but I occasionally work in Belgium, for which I am very thankful.
Did you always know you would become a photographer? Tell us how that started?
I never thought that this would happen… That I’d find something that makes me so happy. My photography journey began around 9 years ago, when I got my first pocket digital camera. As time passed I realized that photography will definitely be a part of my life…
On the other hand, cars came into my life. I grew a passion for modified cars – I live with them, I dream about them. Not many of the ones closest to me can understand this, but I just love the whole lifestyle that surrounds fast cars.
Naturally, I combined my two biggest life passions and became an automotive photographer I think it’s pretty cool because this is something I’ve always dreamed about.
Of course, nothing’s better that doing the things you love. So, how did photography become a career?
I know that moment exactly. It was the beginning of the year 2010, when I joined the then-new slovak automotive publication “Power Magazine”. We were the first to focus on modified cars in Slovakia. Everything progressed since then, but I still want to grow more, have more customers and see more amazing vehicles.
That’s inspiring So, do you only like to shoot cars? Because we notice you shoot a lot of really beautiful girls too!
… then I found out for what do I have that thing between my legs, so I started to notice women more and more – And I’m just kidding of course! :p
I’ve always liked the cars & girls scene, a half naked woman lying on a car bonnet – this needed to be like this, sure I tried it, but I found out that this is not what I prefer. I prefer to separate awesome cars and beautiful women. A woman’s body is one amazing piece of art, in my opinion, and I really like to capture that beauty through the lens. I don’t like nudity, I don’t shoot this. I prefer to show more sensual and mysterious ways to look at a woman.
Haha! Hmm… A good looking photographer with a sense of humour. I’m sure our female readers are wondering.. Are you single?
Heh, yes I am But I think that this comes with a career in glamour photography. It’s the reason why I am still single. Its pretty sad by the way.
Aww, I’m sure the one for you will come by when the time is right! (Ladies, you know what to do!)
Tell us more about your ink. What was your first tattoo.. And why?
I never thought much into tattoos, piercings and stuff. It sort of came naturally. Remember I mentioned growing up listening AC\DC? Well, one day I decided that I want to have the word “ROCK” fashioned in their logo style and tattooed on me. It was the first month of the first year at a high school.
My biggest piece on my body is a huge Aztec sun on my back. It took approx. 6 months and it was a really interesting part of my life actually. I somehow became interested in cultures like Aztecs, Mayans etc and more tattoos kept coming … Its like a drug, thats the reason why I have so many of them. Pure fact
Awesome. Any plans for more ink?
Sure, I’ll never stop I think. It only depends on actual financial situations, mood and ideas.
We definitely feel the same way 😉 How do your clients react to your tattoos? How would you handle it if they reacted negatively?
Well, to be honest, I’ve never met anyone who was like, totally against my tattoos, not even at previous jobs. Of course I don’t wear a singlet when I shoot weddings, but perhaps even then it’s quite okay
Do you ever feel judged because you have tattoos? How do people react to you on the street?
The truth is, I feel very comfortable and very fine with my tattoos, so I am not ashamed of them. The Slovak republic is a little bit conventional because of past communism, so if you look different or act different, you are weird and unacceptable. But the situation is getting better. People who don’t judge at first sight will find out that I am not a bad person. I am different, yes, it’s eye catching of course, but not in a bad way, thankfully.
Very well said. Any advice to budding photographers?
Mmmm, just do what you love, no matter what. Choose your very own lifestyle and time will show you your very own life path.
Beautiful words from a beautiful person! Check out more of Milan’s work here.