We recently connected with Paul Piasecki and have shared our conversation below.
Alright, Paul thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. Naming anything – including a business – is so hard. Right? What’s the story behind how you came up with the name of your brand?
I chose the word “Fuse” to describe my photography business as a blending or “fusing” of my cinematography, lighting and composition experience. I find it a rewarding to create a single image that has all the elements of my cinematography style and aesthetic. The result is a unique collection of images for my clients.
Paul, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I discovered photography and filmmaking in high school. For Christmas, I got my first camera, a Super 8mm, and I immediately created horror movies and a UFO thriller that starred my friends and brothers. My focus on photography grew in photography class in school, and developing film in the darkroom was thrilling because the photo appeared magically in front of my eyes. At 16, I landed part time job shooting photo assignments for my local newspaper on Cape Cod, Ma where I grew up. My mother would write the stories, and I would shoot the photos. I learned a lot over that year.
My senior year, I got the best portfolio award for my art and photography, which led to getting my BFA in Fine Arts, concentrating on film studies, at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. During my years at SVA, I took photography classes but got the filmmaking bug. Although I would shoot occasional photo work and weddings, I’ve mostly worked as a cinematographer for the past 25 years. I’ve worked with “A “ class celebrities and athletes and shot regional and National shows. I’ve been fortunate to travel and work in about 40 states and mostly all of the Caribbean and even a memorable trip to Japan. That Japan trip 10 years ago got me back into photography. Visiting all the camera stores there I started with street photography and got back into portraiture again.
Is there a particular goal or mission driving your creative journey?
My years of experience working with all types of clients has taught me the importance of serving the client’s needs while bringing your visual voice helps them achieve a look for their brand or product. This process takes a lot of patience and listening. Helping clients interpret their vision is always a thrill and a challenge. My mission in my career is to fulfill and bring the client’s creative vision to life.
Any resources you can share with us that might be helpful to other creatives?
The resources I wish I had back when I started was the technology that we have now. You needed a different set of disciplines back then, especially in the film days.
- Website: https://www.fusemediaworks.com
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/fusemediaworks
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fusemediaworks
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulpiaseckidp/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/pmpiasecki
All photos by Paul Piasecki