This is Cork – Iga Sasiela

Please tell us a little bit about yourself!

Originally from Poland, arrived to Ireland 7 years ago. Proud mother of Julia ( 5 years old ), travels fan who adores to meet new people. Never married yet super happy in relationship with Bartosz. Family is the most important value to me.

How long have you been photographing for?

Photography has been important part of my life since I was a teenager. That is when I got my first film camera. Had few years break before moving to digital one. Last 3-4 years were quite busy with photography 😀

How do you find your subjects?

Never stop trying to look for opportunities – no matter if it is looking around while walking , offering photo coverage for artistic friends when they perform or simple family shots when we are out and about. Stealing people’s moments was always my thing – I simply love to capture people who are not aware I shoot them.

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How would you describe your style?

Not sure I got one 😉  Photography helps me to build memories -for myself as well as others. I try and test new techniques, am opened to new ideas and challenges. That creates a mix of styles- and is working as intended. At this point in my life I refuse to focus on one type of photography – the journey of exploration is way to exciting!

Among all your images, which is your favourite and why?

Oh that is changing constantly. Today I love this, few days later I can see 10 things that shall be changed in the same photo. Perfectionist? Maybe xD Currently I am in love with the photo of Julia in Blarney Castle gardens (attached ). It is the first time I tried to shoot through the bushes & did this dreamy type of edit. This is going on my wall! I really like looking at the dance shots too – there is something special about them (check my FB page or Flickr to check them out ).


Please describe Cork in 3 words!

Compact, vibrant, friendly.

What makes Cork a good place to live?

People, people, people! I’m constantly reminded about the friendliness of Irish Nation and it does not stop to amaze me!

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Cork is famous for…     The crazy accent? 😉

For anyone planning a visit to Cork, what are you must see and must does?

English Market, Heritage Pub Trail, Lee Sessions, Shandon Bells, Fota Wildlife Park, simple stroll through the city. Taking part in one of the festivals (they never end! ) Not to forget to kiss Blarney Stone!

Best place for a good pint?

Mutton Lane due to unique atmosphere that transforms me to parallel universe every time I go in there.

Best place for a delicious meal?

I rarely eat out but El Padrino was really good for Italian, Spice Route on MacCurtain Street has great chicken pakora (usually I go for take away). Some of my friends might hit me for that but I like the atmosphere of Luigi Malones too – they take good care for the client. Market Lane experiments with salads (big plus to have something other than caesar only!) and Idaho for waffles! Sugarcube – for Canadian pancakes ..

Best live music or entertainment?

Lee Sessions – local, traditional and free. What else one can ask for!

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Which other Cork personality would you like to see on the blog?

John Finn & Ankie Jansen

Find Iga here: Facebook, Flickr and Instagram