Documentary photographer and filmmaker Piotr Malecki has a passion for his home town of Warsaw: its lively streets, the vibrant people and the reinvigorated cultural scene.
"Warsaw was beautiful before World War II," he says. "Most of it was destroyed and the Old Town was rebuilt to resemble the original as much as possible, but there's another side to the city." In the past 10 years there has been a lot of redevelopment, particularly along the Vistula river, which has opened up this area of the Polish city for people to enjoy.
Piotr's father inspired his passion for photography when he gave him a Russian-made Smena camera for Christmas. It meant far more to the 11-year-old Piotr than most gifts: "My father is responsible for me being a photographer in a way. He didn't only give me this camera, he also showed me how to take pictures," he says.
Piotr now always shoots with Canon cameras, and he was the first photographer in Europe to use the new Canon EOS M6 Mark II. There was nowhere he wanted to take it more than the streets of Warsaw. He headed to the road that borders the west of the river and the sheltered sandy beaches to the east, where young people gather to have fun in the evening.
The Canon EOS M6 Mark II suited Piotr’s relaxed and spontaneous street photography style, as it’s a highly portable and versatile mirrorless camera with a 32.5 megapixel sensor. Its high-end features such as a fast 14 frames per second (fps) burst rate, 180˚ flip-up touchscreen, 4K video and more gave Piotr plenty of creative options.
"For someone who's starting out, or an enthusiast photographer who doesn't have the budget or who wants a lightweight option, it's a perfect camera," he says.
Here, Piotr shares his tips for street photography, and for making the most of the Canon EOS M6 Mark II's features.