Spotlight interview with Beta Bajgartova

Over the next few weeks we are conducting a series of interviews with the facilitators who will hosting workshops at this years Dalkey Creates Festival. Today we caught up with photographer Beta Bajgartova...

Q. What did you want to be when you were a child?

Ever since I remember I have always wanted to create in visual arts. I ended up studying Czech linguistics and journalism at the university because I was put off by family and society pressure to find the safe career path first. I was supposed to become a teacher of Czech language and literature. Also, and possibly more importantly, I didn't think I had enough talent to go to study art/film/photography school. So for many years I just dreamt of myself being behind some sort of camera and then in the dark room or editing room.

Q. Do you have a routine in your creative practice?

I'm very lucky that I'm making living by taking photographs and I love my job. But in order to keep warm and loving what I do I need to keep creating outside the commercial work. Inspiration is everywhere, the important part of my routine is try to keep eyes and mind opened and take up the challenge.

Q. Which work of art do you wish you had created?

don't have any deep or light-hearted answer to this :-)

Q. If you could give any advice to someone starting out on your path, what would it be?

I don't think that things always work out for everyone. But I believe in power of passion and hard work. So the advice I would give is keep working and keep trying. Go for it regardless and don't be put off by anything or anyone. You can never predict the direction of the journey you're starting. It may bring you to unexpected places and it may show other possibilities and open doors that you never knew about.

Q. Who would you like to meet that you haven't already? What would you ask them?

I would like to meet my daughters tooth fairies and ask them why are they letting me do all the work for them including writing the letters to my girls.

Q. Which actor would play you in the film of your life?

I will tell you once I know the ending of the film.

Beta Bajgartova will be hosting a workshop called 'A Story in a Single Frame' on Saturday October 21st in Harold's Boys' School between 10am-1pm.

For more information and to book your place click HERE.

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