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I am conducting a series of interviews called ‘You can shoot. Can you talk?’ The set is composed of 20 unconventional yet simple questions; some of them purely apply to the art of photography, some strive to get to a deeper emotional level. My interviewees are gifted and accomplished visual artists with a keen interest in documentary, situational, candid, travel and street genre. Their essay-like answers are being featured in 121 Clicks (weekly) and APF Magazine (monthly).

The set of inquiries ‘You can shoot. Can you talk?’ can be loosely characterized as a brief inner journey with an accurately thought out and closed composition; the opening question applies to the first childhood memory, whilst the final one to one’s legacy after death. It was created on the premise of Aristotle’s modes of persuasion, where the key roles play Ethos (an appeal to ethics), Pathos (an appeal to emotions) and Logos (an appeal to logic).

In conclusion, it is my belief that the questionnaire can speak on many levels and I am hopeful that readers will find it engaging.
— Arek Rataj
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