What is Karola Takes Photos doing in Indonesia

What do I do and what am I really doing here? KarolaTakesPhotos in Indonesia

By: Karolina Sztaba
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Many people ask me what I really do. I will try to tell you the best and shortest way I can.

Fate led me to Asia. I needed to look at the world from a different perspective and take a moment away from the sad events and my everyday life – Warsaw at that time – working as a photographer and marketer in a fashion company.

Why did I choose Asia and why Gili Trawangan in Indonesia? Well, my cousin Patcy worked here in one of the diving schools, so I bought a ticket, planning to visit for only two or three months. As you can see, I have never returned from these holidays. Bah! Not only did I not return, but I started diving. But from the beginning:

Patcy asked if I would like to try to dive. I wasn’t incredibly excited about this idea, but why not, since so many professionals come here for this purpose. And listen: I tried! It was the most beautiful thing I’ve done in a long time! In the blink of an eye I fell in love with the light underwater, in the colors of this magical silent world.

“How wonderful it would be to take pictures here!”, I thought.

I was so attracted to the underwater world and excited about scuba diving that I found that one dive was not enough. I did all the certification levels and courses that enabled me to shoot underwater. I practiced a lot, I learned from my mistakes (and I’m still learning ;), I learned various techniques, I trained to start taking pictures of divers during their courses.

After a few months I was offered a job at the Trawangan Dive Center and I am happy to work here to this day. But what exactly does it look like? Well, I hold the position of Head Photographer at Trawangan Dive Center and … I take pictures. I create content for our social media, by taking pictures underwater and on the surface. I also work on many photo and diving projects, environmental protection and my artistic projects (I don’t know how to name them, but I will write about all these projects because some have already been gathered and I still have a head full of new ideas. If you would like me to take pictures of you during a dive, there there is nothing more simple than trying diving with us at Trawangan Dive on Gili Trawangan Indonesia. However, if you don’t plan such activities, no worries! Just come and speak to one of our team members and we can discuss another option.

Gallery

Shoot of turtle with sunbeams
Shoot of turtle with sunbeams
Technical Diver with CCR
Technical Diver with CCR. Tec Diver: (@daniolot)
Splash picture with Tecline Gear
Splash picture with Tecline Gear. Model (@georgina_swain)
KarolaTakesPhotos on Komodo. Sunset
KarolaTakesPhotos on Komodo. Sunset
Turtle hatchlings Gili Trawangan Indonesia
Turtle hatchlings Gili Trawangan Indonesia
Sunrise Shoot. Gili Islands
Sunrise Shoot. Gili Islands
Scuba Diver with reflection
Scuba Diver with reflection
Backroll entry Gili Trawangan
Backroll entry Gili Trawangan
The moment before the kiss
The moment before the kiss
Sunset picture with Mt Agung on Bali in the background
Sunset picture with Mt Agung on Bali in the background. Model (@georgina_swain)
Komodo Beaches and Topograhpy
Komodo Beaches and Topograhpy
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