What was the watershed moment which made you want to become a photographer?
Keven Erickson: This happened in 1995 when I was in a computer studies class and realised I was totally in the wrong place. To become a photographer became very clear to me then and the decision was made.
Krystyna Dul: I started taking pictures thanks to Keven, who gave me my first film camera. After completing my studies in political science, it became clear to me that I would prefer to spend my life working as a photographer rather than working in an office, which was what I'd planned before. We also wanted to work together, to inspire each other... and so we did.
What motivates you to continue taking photos economically, politically, intellectually and/or emotionally?
Keven: My partner in life and work, Krystyna, motivates me and the world around me as well. It has become such a part of everyday life that I need to take photos to keep going and to discover something new every day.
Krystyna: Personally, I love people and their stories. Taking slow, thought-through portraits, discovering people's characters, taking time to listen and observe to finally capture someone's beautiful complex nature in a single image - this is the meaning of photography to me. It's all about getting closer to each other, being open, letting someone's personality manifest...I love the whole process of transformation that happens in people on the other side of the lens.
Do you prefer to photograph animals, people or objects and why?
Keven: I prefer to photograph people within a scene or event as I love to capture the surprise moments, natural reactions and the dynamics of what is happening in front of the camera. Then there are the portraits, which I love to take in a natural environment, spend time with the person and discover the real person in between the moments of picture taking - which often are the best portraits.
Krystyna: First of all people, for the unique chance of meeting the other, hearing their story, learning from each other. Objects and animals are part of their world and fragments on their stories. They can also function as strong symbols. Sometimes such pictures may mean much more than a portrait.