#QueenofBokeh. That’s the hashtag associated with Agata Serge, and while it makes for a nice soundbite and marketing tag, it’s actually a bit limiting, and, in my most humble opinion, a disservice to her work.
I first heard about this young and accomplished photographer through the hashtag, and as someone who is notoriously annoyed with the broad obsession over images with a primary focus on the de-focused, the initial viewing was approached with low expectations. Quickly, however, the script was flipped. Her work is compelling, and so much more than ‘bokeh’, but 500px caught up with Serge for a webinar where she dishes on her approach to bokeh, speaking about method, tools, thought process, and post processing.
Having begun her career in 2012, Agata currently resides, works, and studies in Lodz, Poland, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Photography at the National Film School and in 2014 she was mentioned as one of the most emerging fashion photography talents by Roy Kahmann for Dutch Vogue. With a career trajectory like that and a cool 112,000 followers on 500PX, over 80k on and Instagram, and a string of other noteworthy accolades to her name, it makes sense 500px would try to arrange a webinar with her, and in case you missed it here are a few clips.
Agata’s work is compelling for a myriad of reasons; from their general appeal, to the fact she seems able to take simple and common scenarios and execute uncommonly good imagery in them (also does a nice job color grading), to the fact she is paragon of the idea that you don’t need the pinnacle of equipment to make great work. From 500px we glean that she uses a Canon 6D and Sony A7 with frequency, and aside from her affection for lenses from ‘The Bokeh Factory’ she relied on a cheap Canon 50mm 1.8 and a few ‘distractors’ to start.
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You can also get more detail from the full 500px blog post here.