LEADING LADIES INTERVIEW: Karolina Kuras, Ballet Photographer
Interview By: Fortnight Label
Photos By: Karolina Kuras
Karolina Kuras is a Toronto based ballet and portrait photographer, creator of The Company Project and photographer with the National Ballet of Canada.
FORTNIGHT: Who are you and what do you do?
KAROLINA: I’m Karolina Kuras, a Ballet photographer based in Toronto, Canada.
FORTNIGHT: Can you tell us about your journey in becoming a photographer? Did you always know this was what you wanted to do?
KAROLINA: When I was little I wanted to be a ballet dancer and was very passionate about it until my teens, but it was an unrealistic goal for me. Then, at about 15, I found photography and got hooked, eventually starting a business. After 10 years as a portrait and wedding photographer it was time for a change. I started a yearlong passion-project working with ballet dancers, which lead to my current career working with the ballet.
FORTNIGHT: Where did your relationship with the ballet begin and what about this world has captivated you?
KAROLINA: I’ve been in love with ballet as long as I can remember. To me it’s just magic.
FORTNIGHT: What’s your favourite Ballet?
KAROLINA: Giselle. Always and forever, Giselle.
FORTNIGHT: What’s been the most rewarding thing about working with dancers?
KAROLINA: The friendships I’ve made along the way; the dancers themselves are incredible artists and athletes. Their discipline and mastery is inspiring.
FORTNIGHT: Beyond work, what is important to you right now?
KAROLINA: Friends and family.
FORTNIGHT: How do you unwind?
KAROLINA: Spending time with friends cooking, making crafts, and having kitchen dance parties. Reading with my husband in coffee shops.
FORTNIGHT: What does feeling beautiful mean to you?
KAROLINA: A balanced life.
FORTNIGHT: What’s on the horizon for you?
KAROLINA: More travel, and working with some of the ballet companies and dancers who I admire from around the world.