Where are you from?
I’m from Romania. I currently live in Targu Mures which is in the center of the country. There’s an obvious reason why I chose to live here. Although I travel extensively, my home is very close to natural surroundings. Some of my favorite images were made five minutes from home. It’s important to understand and to love the places you photograph. And that can’t happen in one visit. I made a goal to revisit all the places I really liked during my travels because a small part of me is still there today.
Why did you want to become a Photographer?
Because I suck at everything else. Because I sought some sort of validation in the eyes of others for the kind of things that are considered the norm. That’s all behind me now, as I figured I don’t fit the norm. And I don’t want to. Photography has shaped my life in unexpected and incredible ways. I met people, I met places, I met nature, I met the mountains, I realized it takes courage and a open heart to make good images, not just state of the art equipment and editing skills. I tried all sorts of things, but I settled with making images because I’m curious and visual by nature. And I really like to actually do creative stuff, even if it’s something as small as an image. With photography, all of this means the easy way, it’s in my nature somehow. In the end, it made me a bit better as a person. Weird, right?
Why did you choose this particular shot to be your favorite photograph?
Let me tell you something here. Asking like-minded people to choose only one image is simply cruel. You can’t do that to us, man. I have many favorites. Almost each image I make means something special as I learn about me in the process. I chose this one because it’s my most recent. I was on my bike searching for a particular set-up for a series I’m working on when I stumbled upon a subject I photographed before. High grass on the shores of the river is fascinating as it reacts to atmospheric phenomena very easily. This was bent by the wind and had a visual elegance that contrasted very well with the upright position of the flower, which is actually called heaven’s grass (vetrice) around here. But besides the aesthetics, I found a deeper meaning when I noticed how the blades of grass seemed to emerge from the root of the flower. Beauty creates beauty. Beauty is diverse and different. A certain kind of beauty can connect to a totally different kind. Just as two beautiful people get along and grow by sharing experiences. Real beauty is subtle and mysterious. This is what I see in my image, not particularly the favorite, but a special one for me nevertheless.
Anything else you want to add?
We’re all different, a good thing every photographer out there should understand. Some are for the drama, others for the editing, others live and breathe for technique, while others search for themselves in every image they make. Some document, some interpret. The world of photography is diverse and we should embrace every aspect of it. Acceptance and being open-minded are keys for making a difference with our images. Showing respect, modesty, having fun and not taking everything for granted are the qualities of a good image maker. It’s clear to me that only a handful of photographers will stand out to make a difference in any given point in time and those are the individuals who seek beyond what’s already made, beyond what’s in front of them, who seek into themselves first and foremost. And that’s a quality of an excellent photographer.