For two women meeting for the first time, Magdalena Wosinska and Adri Law have a lot in common—both are fiercely independent, motorcycle-riding, world-traveling, highly sought-after photographers. When Polish-born Wosinska is not posting her exquisite, signature shot-from-behind nude selfies on Instagram, she photographs everything from celebrities to strangers she meets during her travels to the gorgeous landscapes of secret, exotic locales. Southern California native, Law has photographed high fashion and editorial, but lately she's finding her inspiration on the road, in the discovery of the unexpected.
Both women are based in Los Angeles, but just barely. With projects all over the world, they spend most of their time in motion, in far away places across the globe. On a rare day of downtime, they sat down with Broadly at Wosinska's Los Angeles home. Sitting in big wooden chairs in the sprawling backyard garden, complete with a koi pond, they talked about travel, staying grounded, and what it means to be home.
BROADLY: You both travel all over the world taking photographs—when did you first feel that travel and adventure spirit in your bones?
MAGDALENA WOSINSKA: I've always been traveling. Ever since I had enough gas money to get the fuck out of Arizona when I was 14 and go on trips to California. I just needed to see other stuff and get excited and stimulated. It's funny, people are always asking me, "What photographers have been your inspiration?" But to me it's always been my friends and traveling. When you travel you stimulate your mind and you're put into new situations. You have new experiences you would never have otherwise. You can explore your own city, but I need more. I'm hungry for something else.
ADRI LAW: In the past two years I've been traveling a lot more than I ever have. I started riding a motorcycle and I think that brought out a lot of me, seeking adventure a lot more than I ever have. It gives you more freedom. Now riding a bike is a huge part of my life. It's opened up so many doors for me.
BROADLY: Do you have any rituals on the road? An exercise routine?
AL: I wish. I wish there was an exercise routine. I can't even be bothered!
MW: How old are you?
MW: You don't have to worry about it yet! (They both laugh.) I just turned 33, so I have to have a routine. As I started shooting more, it became a full-blown career. I have clients overseas. I was in Europe every month last year, I was in Mexico the first six months of this year. It doesn't stop. So I have to have a routine. I carry a Palo Santo stick—hippie, I know. But that's because it smells like my house and it literally re-triggers a chemical reaction in my head. If I can do some oil pulling, when you swish coconut oil in your mouth before you brush your teeth in the morning, and do some stretches, it keeps me grounded.
BROADLY: Where is "home" for you? Is it a physical place? A state of mind?
MW: It's in my head. You have to be so strong when you travel by yourself as a woman all the time. The most comfort you can get is in your head. At the same time, home is this place where we're sitting right now. If I didn't have this place I don't know how I would feel. You need to have a sanctuary to be grounded if you're always moving.
AL: It's a physical thing for me. Being home, where I live, with all of the things I like. That is home. I just like to have my stuff and my friends and being in my space.
BROADLY: Being in motion all the time, where do you find stillness?
AL: Talking to my friends. That's really a big thing. Staying in touch with them and having a piece of home so you're not so disconnected from your roots.
MW: I talk to my best friend … I try to meditate if I'm disciplined enough. But when you're shooting for 14 hours, the last thing you want to do is close your eyes and hum.
(They both laugh.)
MW: I feel like my purpose on earth is to take photos. Some people are supposed to be doctors and some people are supposed to be just mothers and I'm supposed to be a photographer. If I miss an opportunity to take a photo I feel like I missed out on something. You will never see me without a camera and I am always taking pictures of moments—all the in-between moments in life. To me that's important.
AL: My camera's a part of me. I'm always taking pictures. I feel very similar to you; if I miss a moment and I don't have my camera in my hand, I feel like I fucking missed out. I regret it. I can't believe I missed that! I didn't get to document it!
BROADLY: What do you do when you're home?
MW: When I get home I'm super chill and domestic. I garden. I'm like, "Let's do a tea ceremony, you guys!"
AL: I love that. I'm super-domestic. I love to bake.
AL: I have all these pie tools; I love to make pies.
MW: Even if it's me shooting metal dudes and you shooting biker dudes, we are documenting a moment in time that will never be repeated again. And you know what's so badass? That we're girls and we can come home and be domestic as fuck. I'm planting kale, you're baking pies. We are awesome.
This article was created with Kit and Ace and was developed independently from Broadly's editorial staff.