“Someone who never stops” – that’s at least how her friends describe her. A description Magdalena Wosinska herself does not object to. – I’m a very active and excited person. I used to think it was a bad thing because people would say I’m intense but I just see that as drive and passion! Magdalena Wosinska is a California-based photographer and director who has spent her whole life capturing the moment. She began her lifelong passion for taking photos at the age of fourteen and has since taken photos in a variety of subject matters. And at the age of 36 she has worked with a variety of publications and brands such as Vogue, the New York Times, Mercedes benz and Urban Outfitters. “When you see details of life it becomes very inspiring” Although Magdalenas website shows this great variety of motifs in the pictures she claims that she have been taking the same picture throughout her entire career. The only thing about the photos that have changed is the motifs but the typical Magdalena-style has always remained the same. However, she believes her technique has evolved a bit over time. By starting to pay more attention to details she found new inspiration to the photography. – You don’t need to travel across the entire world to find something rare and inspiring to photograph, if you open your eyes wide you can find those things in yourself, your home, your family, your friends, your neighbors. Just walk outside and be open to it all the minute you step foot on the sidewalk. When you see details of life it becomes very inspiring. In the same way as the style of the photos hasn’t changed, the most important driving force has always remained the same for Magdalena – passion. – I’m obsessed with taking photos, its like breathing for me. I love it and I think I’m finally in a place where I’m really good at it, and that feels good. To trust and believe in yourself because of the 22 years of hard work it took to get here. I’m honored to hold that feeling. For Magdalena Wosinska, meditation and dreaming are important sources of inspiration. As she got older, she tried to meditate and felt much calmer and more creative. Would you like to tell us more about how meditating and dreaming gets your inspiration going? – It’s an on and off thing but sometimes right when I realize I’m conscious from my sleep but not alert to the world yet, is when inspiration flows. It’s the best time for problem solving and I think often times solutions lead me to inspirations. If I can find that place in meditation, it’s a very similar experience. Do you have any role models? – My mother, she is so strong and intelligent and humble. She was a power house when she was younger, then 12 years ago she had a stroke that almost killed her. She is now very slow and partially paralyzed. Seeing her still make jokes and never complaining about losing most of her life for the state she is in is my drive daily. “I don’t fake things in life so maybe thats an inspiration to some” Magdalena hasn’t really thought about if she consider herself as a rolemodel for others. – I guess when you just stick to your thing, being a bit of a rebel, makes you stand out and with that one can become a role model. I don’t fake things in life so maybe that’s an inspirations to some. Due to the focus on the career Magdalena has made the choice to not start a family yet. A choice that has been questioned plenty of times by friends, family and the society. – Its hard because you eventually get to an age where your options with time get smaller and smaller and that is really scary for women but I just need to go with the flow of life. Id love to have a family, when it will happen is a whole nother thing! When she tells about all her plans and aspirations it’s easy to understand that her time is limited. And that she does not feel it’s urgent to create a family. – Id love to make more art books, do more solo shows, in museums, and tell stories of people who may have a vocal voice but not a visual one. In addition to all the projects she does in her work she also spends her time outside the work renovating an adobe house in the desert city of Pioneertown. On the instagram desertmilkadobe it’s possible to follow the project where Magdalena constantly updates it’s followers with the latest improvements of the adobe house. How did you get the idea of building a house in the desert? – Well, I love creating spaces. And making a nest. My home should feel like a safe place for me to be fully me, and for others to be welcomed into. “Working with a house that’s literally a mud hut can be tricky” Magdalena started to look for a place to create a home in the desert about six years ago, and did so for two years. And when she finally found a house to renovate, she didn’t realize she would spend four years restoring an adobe from 1935. So it became a big project – Working with a house that’s literally a mud hut can be tricky. It took a lot of problem solving, and time, I made a lot of mistakes but it was sooooo worth it. Its almost done now and I’m beyond honored to have created this space for others to enjoy with me. It’s a space for community, and the minute it became livable, it became just that. Since Residus is a clothing brand with sustainability in focus, we’re curious about your best sustainability tips. How do you try to live as sustainable as possible? When I wash my vegetables in the kitchen I always capture water in a bowl under it to water all my houseplants, I line dry all my laundry rather then using a dryer, I don’t really ever buy new clothes, I try to shop at thrift stores and get used clothing, I avoid plastic as much as I can especially plastic water bottles and straws. When Im on set we make sure catering brings one large jug of water and people bring their own reusable water bottles with them, we cater with bamboo forks and plates. Its all just little things as Im learning what more I can do.