Name: Tom Margol
Age: 24
City: Kraków, Poland

So Tom, tell me a little about yourself:
I’m 24, living in Kraków, Poland. Sitting right now in the bus to Wrocław, next to the sleeping guy and taking this picture.

What is your current state of mind?
Kraków state of mind. Do you know something about Poland? It’s funny but my bus is just going backwards on the highway – it’s all about my country.


What kind of gear do you use?
It depends. Lately 90% iPhone. But when I travel, DSLR is most important. So it seems that I don’t travel much lately. Anyway, I was very skeptical to iPhoneography and even made a little laugh about it, but now I’m finding it incredibly comfortable and can’t live without it. Really!

How long have you been a photographer?
To be honest, I really don’t like this word. I like the word ‘photograph’, it has this artistic tone in contrast to ‘picture’ or ‘image’. On the other hand, ‘photographer’ has, in my opinion, no meaning nowadays. Maybe it is just my weird philosophy…

So I don’t know, I’m taking pictures more or less regularly since 2007, but I took my first rolls of film in elementary school.


How would you describe your style?
I can’t really classify it. Sometimes I try to fit my work into an aesthetic whole, but that exercise always ends without satisfying results. I identify as a street photographer, but mostly because 90% of my photographs are taken on the street. Some people say that my style is artistic photography but what does that really mean?

What gives you ideas and inspires you to create such awesome imagery?
Thanks. The Street. Differences between people, Tumblr, oddity and so on inspires me.
I think that everything can inspire every man who is not afraid of being inspired by common things. But to be honest, to feel that way I needed someone who understood my point of view, and also helped feeling comfortable with such private emotions reflected in created art – luckily I met her!


If you could be invisible for one day with your camera:
I would probably shot the same places but the photographs might be better I think. No boundaries, complete freedom of action. On the other hand, I don’t have big problems with getting anywhere I want to take a picture. So, do I really need the invisibility?

What is your greatest fear?
I’m not the kind of person who thinks about fears. I remember in high school, when I bought a great music album, I was afraid it was so fantastic that there was no possibility of recording something as good in the future. Silly thinking, I know.


Which five words would your friends use to describe you?
Noone, except my girlfriend who helped me to create it in some way, really knows my artistic part of brain, but my best friends would probably say that Margol is a stupid hipster piece of shit! Haha. Some friends also call me ‘japa’, which in polish is a weird and funny synonym of the word ‘face’. I truly believe that it means that they like me very much!

Among your works, which one is your favorite and why?
Now, it’s probably the photograph called ‘lambs.’ Very mysterious. This shot makes me feel kind of frightened. And now I got an idea, I’m putting it on my wall tomorrow, who will forbid me!

 To connect with Tom Margol, head on to his website.
His photos can be bought at Society6.