Paul Perelka, the founder of MRN Collective, is a fashion photographer and videographer based in London who has seduced us due to his ways to caption color, emotions, and a sensual balance between inner force and human delicacy that is hard to describe. His pictures are synonyms of creativity and representation while his social media content is funny and as witty as sexy.
If you do not know him yet, I invite you to keep reading this article and start following his work; but if you already knew him, do not miss out on the following interview and find out Paul Perelka is a thoughtful person that does his best to keep amazing us with his visual arts.
Paul Perelka | Exclusive Interview
Q: What is it like to be a photographer? How did you choose that occupation? What did your family say about it?
Being a photographer is the best thing that happened in my life. I love meeting and working with new people. I’ve always had an interest in visual arts and photography came after videography which I started practicing in high school. My parents were really supportive and let me choose what kind of profession I’d like to pick up growing up.
Q: Can you imagine a world without photography? What are some of the greatest gifts photography has given to the world we know?
The world would be very boring without photography. It would totally limit the visual expression that we’re able to create through taking images. We would lose the form of education. People wouldn’t be able to capture their memories.
Q: How did you meet the fashion industry?
I was introduced to fashion through my friends at university. I was also very much interested in following trends that I could only see on TV or in glossy magazines back then.
Q: Can you mention some memories from remarkable works you have done?
One of the really exciting projects I shot took a place in the National Portrait Gallery in London. We had a chance to shoot when the museum was closed; it was a very abstract and interesting experience.
Q: Which advice would you give to teenagers who would like to step into the fashion industry as models or photographers?
Keep consistent and make sure you are nice to people – no one wants to work with people with a stinky attitude.
Q: What do you have to say about representation and body positivity?
Body positivity has been a huge part of my life as I’ve always been a bigger boy and I always felt really good about it. I never struggled with the way I looked – which might come across as a bit arrogant; however, I always treated my body in the best possible way and this is what made me confident with the way I looked or look now. Queer representation came after – when I moved to London. I come from a very conservative background and the opportunity of relocating and starting my career here was the best thing that could have happened to me.
Q: Unlike many others, you do not hide behind the lenses, we see you on your Instagram’s posts. When and how did you realize it was OK to show your true colors for the whole world to see?
I love interacting with people; this is what makes it fun.
Q: What did you do to stay safe and preserve mental health during the lockdown?
Luckily I didn’t really stop working, so I kept myself busy with projects that I could produce and shoot from home and at home. Also, I was trying to cook a lot but, usually, I don’t spend much time at home, so it was a good opportunity to actually slow down for a second and explore my other hobbies.
Q: If you could tell something important to the young little boy you were once, what would you say?
Be honest with your parents about your sexuality; it will save you a lot of time on rebuilding a good relationship with them.
Q: Anything else you would like to share with Vanity Teen?
Spread love and believe in yourself; then everything will be possible.
Before we go
As you can see, this conversation with Paul Perelka has shown us that arts can be used to express ourselves and connect with people by doing what we love while we present our truth in fun, brave, and creative ways.
Let us not forget his kind words and let us keep in mind that we have to be honest with ourselves and the ones we love; also, take photographs, have fun, and work hard to achieve our goals. Moreover, always remember that it is perfectly OK to love who you are, appreciate the way you are; and, oh yes, representation matters!