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Photo portrait – thoughts & tips

“A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.” —Charles Baudelaire

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I think that portrait photography is one of the most challenging forms of photography mostly because a photo that appears natural and show the subject’s personality takes patience and practice.
Portrait (photography or painting)is only about people. Think about the personality of your model and try to capture that in your images. Think that you write a story with your images about the person in it.
Avoid the mistake made by people that they are afraid to close enough to their subjects. Get closer. Like in any relation, you need to have a close intimacy with someone to really understand him or her.
Try natural light, remember that if there is light, you can photograph, and for a portrait shadows are the essence.

There are different types of portrait photography:

1. Traditional

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2. Environmental

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3. Candid

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4. Glamor

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5. Lifestyle

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6. Surreal

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7. Conceptual

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8. Abstract

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Ganduri nerostite

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Nu obisnuiesc sa retraiesc momente trecute, mi se pare desart si inutil. Dar in aceeasi masura, e drept, retraiesc senzatii. Par uitate si totusi uneori, revin la fel de puternice ca in clipa in care le-am simtit prima oara. E suficient sa ma asez pe spate cu ochii inchisi si buzele intredeschise simt arsura primei tigari, gustul si mirosul ei revin puternic in memorie, degeaba incerc sa regasesc senzatia asta in prezent, e irepetabila. La fel si primul sarut, intamplat acum vreo 35 de ani (uite asa reusesc si eu sa realizez ca timpul totusi trece) stangaci si sfios, fluture nascut pentru a zbura doar o clipa. O senzatie de gol si plutire inconstienta, o prabusire sfarsita, din fericire, intr-un culcus de pamant reavan si moale.

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Viata e formata din trairi banale printre care se regasesc uneori semne ce ne arata ca am mai si trait cu adevarat cateodata. Intamplarile ale caror senzatii ni le reamintim sunt de fapt punctele de referinta ale zilelor ce vor urma. Un punct de maxim odata atins (prima tigare, primul sarut, primul san dezgolit, primul cuvant soptit la ureche) nu este dacat o aruncare in banal a clipelor ce vor urma si o lupta continua pentru a depasi starea de letargie in care ne arunca cotidianul. Intotdeauna vrem mai mult, intotdeauna vrem altceva. Si incercam in fiecare zi sa traim clipe ale caror senzatii ni le vom reaminti toata viata.

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Constient sau nu, suntem in permanenta nemultumiti, ne dorim intotdeauna mai mult sau altceva, probabil veti spune ca asta e motorul societatii – progresul nu poate fi explicat altfel, si totusi uneori ne ajunge oboseala sau poate lehamitea. Traim cu dorinta ca momentele frumoase sa se repete si cu speranta ca vor fi depasite asteptarile noastre. De aceea suntem usor de dezarmat, e atat de simplu sa ne lasam coplesiti de asteptari neimplinite. Iar starea asta nu e doar a fiecaruia dintre noi. La asta se aduna senzatiile celui de alaturi, fie el partener, prieten, vecin sau pur si simplu cunostinta intamplatoare, suntem o suma a starilor celor din jur si asta e cea mai buna dovada ca nu suntem singuri pe lumea asta. Suntem tristi pentru ca traim intr-o lume trista, desi ma gandesc uneori ce fericiti am fi daca am trai intr-o lume fericita.

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La multi ani, Caetano Veloso!

Ieri a fost ziua lui Caetano Veloso, a implinit 72 de ani. Am avut ocazia sa il vad live intr-un concert acum cativa ani pe cand locuiam in Portugalia, dar de ascultat in ascultam de ani buni. Un exemplu tipic de artist genial, implicat in viata braziliana sub toate aspectele, un luptator pentru dreptate si democratie care a stiut sa se faca auzit si iubit prin melodii si versuri tandre dar uneori taioase. Caetano inseamna in primul rand iubire, fie ca este vorba de o femeie, un prieten, un oras, o tara sau chiar intreaga oemnire, Caetano inseamna pace si liniste interioara, inseamna Oceanul aparent linistit dar plin de tumult si pasiune in interior.

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Concertul la care am asista a avut loc in gradina palatului Maresalului de Pombal, la lumina facliilor. Lume eleganta, pe scaune pliante din lemn, perfect aliniate la lumina facliilor, in jur de 5000 de persoane in fata scenei impunatoare, dar goale, fara nici un element de decor, fara instrumente, pur si simplu goala, doar un microfon si un scaun pliant, de lemn, aidoma cu ale spectatorilor.

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Apoi a aparut Caetano, micut, firav, delicat. Ceea ce a urmat e greu de descris in cuvinte, doua ore de Saudade, de melancolie si iubire, de visare si incantare. 5000 de oameni cantand cu lacrimi in ochi, zambind plini de aduceri aminte, de vise, impliniri sau neimpliniri – aduceri aminte. Singur in fata tutror ca o inima deschisa, pulsand in ritmul valurilor unui ocean imens, un ritm de bossa nova atat de natural incat am simtit ca exista in mine dintotdeauna. Si in mod sigur asa au simtit toti. Imaginile de mai jos nu sunt de buna calitate, dar vreau sa va ajut in a va imagina macar un pic atmosfera. Eu unul nu am mai trait asa ceva vreodata. La multi ani, Caetano, multumesc!

An interview about my work by Michael Corbin

Couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Michael Corbin from The ArtBook Guy for an interview and because I appreciate Michael’s work and effort to support artists, I gladly accepted. Before some excerpts from the interview I invite you to read few words about his concept:

“Art For All People” is an ArtBookGuy registered trademark that means: Art is created by all kinds of people for all kinds of people.  Art is always open for everyone and encourages us to observe, create, discuss and take action to move society forward.  We talk, we demystify contemporary art and make it more friendly for you! “
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DAN ST. ANDREI: BEAUTIFULLY IMPERFECT

Dan St. Andrei is a well-traveled artist who specializes in photography and painting.  His work http://danandrei.com/ is truly stunning and I love it.  I wanted to find out what inspires this guy who lives in Bucharest, Miami and who knows where else?

“I want to enrich the image and bring it to my personal view of reality. I think that art is the reality filtered by the artist’s mind, and for me, art is a way to express myself, to record the reactions of my personality, my thoughts, dreams and desire…”

MICHAEL: Hey Dan, Your work looks very cinematic to me. I mean, I see lots of deep imagery and exquisite detail akin to film noir. What inspires you to create?

DAN: Hi Michael, thanks a lot for your interest in my work. Well, I like to see the world as being beautifully imperfect and the imperfection is revealed in the human emotions and anxieties they reflect, holding a mirror to both what we reveal and what we hide within. So I try, through the art of photography, to search for the meanings and hidden motivations that put our world into motion. Perhaps the world motion is the source for the cinematic feeling of my work.

My inspiration comes mostly from my readings, starting from Dante to Boccacio, from Marcel Proust to Emil Cioran, but it also comes from the daily routine and street happenings.  Sometimes I could say that my photographs are a report about a world that exists only in my mind, because I strongly believe that there are moments when we allow our imaginations to roam free – in which we allow ourselves to dream. Another source of inspiration is my visual cultural experience; I deeply believe that the history of art is essential for an artist to develop his skills, to start building his artistic personality. An artist must be an art history connoisseur, connected to the present and looking into the future. And last but not least, I am a big fan of movies and my favorite film directors are: Tarkovski, Fellini, Bergman, Polanski, Almodovar, Bertolucci and many others.

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MICHAEL: I see a lot of image layering and use of faint coloring in your work. Hints and subtleties. It must take forever to create those images, no?

DAN: For me, each photo is a story. It’s the result of a happening. It’s a matter of imagination. A photographer must see the extraordinary parts of common places, persons and stories and invent the way of showing to others. It’s true that I work a lot on a photo, on the original image. I mix the immediate reaction, the photo, with meditation/my dream, through digital alteration and intervention, until the result is exactly what I see as a unique witness of an untold story. When you look at my work there are always two plans: the general view and the hidden details. It is not the kind of photography that you could look at it just for a second, you need time to go deeply and understand.

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MICHAEL: So what I’m hearing you say is you really paint with photography. Your photographs are not reality, but your personal expression. What does this kind of work do for you? What do you get out of this?

DAN: I use my paintings in my photos. I scan them and use them as textures or I even paint on the photography. And that’s just because I want to enrich the image and bring it to my personal view of reality. I think that art is the reality filtered by the artist’s mind, and for me, art is a way to express myself, to record the reactions of my personality, my thoughts, dreams and desire. The viewer can find in my works the original subjects, but also colors and textures of my imagination and s/he can see a continuous effort because my photos are never finished. All of my projects remain open projects. Until the end, my photos are a permanent dialogue, I’ve always had a desire to share things that I have in mind with others.

MICHAEL: What’s the difference between being a great photographer and artist who uses photography? What do you consider yourself?

You could read the rest of the interview, here!

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Mare, vara, liniste si reverie

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Daca as sta din nou pe malul oceanului m-as astepta mai mult pe mine decat pe oricine altcineva. M-as lasa mangaiat de valuri si as asculta fosnetul pestilor in cochilii abandonate pe plaja. Studiez ore intregi geometria valurilor, miscarea vag ondulatorie, urmaresc pattern-ul ce se construieste in miscarea nesfarsita, asteptand repetitia care sa imi confirme regula nescrisa inca. Nicaieri nu e mai placuta singuratatea decat pe malul marii, atat de gol in aparenta dar atat de plin de intelesuri care ti se dezvaluie doar daca ai rabdare sa lasi timpul sa treaca odata cu gandurile, valurile, pescarusii si viata.

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Memoriile artistului Mircea Ciobanu

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Acum ceva ani scriam un articol referitor la doi maestri ai artei romanesti: Brancusi si Mircea Ciobanu. Atunci am primit cateva comentarii de la profesorul Ioan Popescu referitoare la viata si opera marelui Ciobanu. Zilele trecute am primit un nou mesaj de la domnul profesor, pe care il public aici in speranta ca multi dintre cititorii blogului meu vor fi prezenti la lansarea volulmului de memorii Mircea Ciobanu.

“Revin dupa aproape doi ani cu o postare pe blogul dumneavoastra, de data asta invitandu-va la lansarea cartii de memorii cu titlul ‘Aurul alchimistului – pictorul Ciobanu dincolo de forma si culoare’. Cartea a aparut la Editura ALL.
Evenimentul, mult asteptat de admiratorii artistului Mircea Ciobanu, va avea loc la “Salonul International de carte Bookfest 2014” in ziua de sambata sambata 31 mai ora 17,00 la Bookfest, pavilionul C1 de la Romexpo, in prezenta autoarei Ada-Michaela CIOBANU, vaduva artistului.
Sunt invitati: criticul literar Alex. Stefanescu si scriitorul Cristian Teodorescu.
Lansarea va fi urmata de o sesiune de autografe. Va asteptam !”

Florin Dobre Fashion Photo Shooting

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Acum cateva saptamani am avut din nou ocazia de a realiza o sesiune foto cu designerul Florin Dobre. De data aceasta subiectul o fost o tinuta masculina adaptata unui sport, golful. Tinuta face parte din ultima colectie a designerului, o colectie bazata pe jocul rolurilor iar sedinta foto ar fi trebuit sa faca parte dintr-o serie de fotografii tematice realizate de 8 fotografi printre care si eu. Nu stiu care va fi finalul acestui demers, dar prezint azi cateva fotografii de la aceasta sesiune.

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Echipa care a participat este urmatoarea:

Design: Florin Dobre / PR: Ionut Daniel Sava
Hair: Gina Aron
Make Up: Dany Daniela
Modele: Sabina Trandafir / Radu Itu
Foto: Dan St. Andrei / Management: Diana Mainescu

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Art and Sexuality

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In my pictures I present sexuality in a physical sense but not explicitly, because in the end, the desire is cerebral and out of touch. The main sexual organ is our brain. How big is the capacity of the human body for pleasure? Ask your brain to find a personal answer.

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Group Therapy / Photo Editorial for Papercut Magazine

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A new Photo Editorial made at the end of last year was published in Papercut Magazine. I would like to thank to the Team, a group of beautiful and smart people: photo and art direction: Dan St. Andrei, Fashion Design: Mihaela Cretescu, Textile painting: Elena Copuzeanu, Accessories: wowandy, Make up & Hair: Andrei Jilavu, Photo assistant: Luca Vladimir Andrei, Management: Diana Mainescu, Models: Alina Petrica, Ana Costea, Alina Gavriluta, Raluca Rosu, Andrei Jilavu, Marian Cristea, Location: Stirbey Palace / Bucharest

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This is the presentation text: There are distances between us. I’m near, you’re there, he’s there, she’s far away, we’re close, they’re somewhere. We create distances between us, larger or smaller, and we measure distances in hours, days and nights. We run in parallel circles, our paths rarely have a chance to meet. We rely the chance of meeting only on the crowd around and come to believe that the world is small. Since there is the internet and the flight by plane has become common distances are not the same. Physical distances and made increasingly smaller. Emotional distances increased. We are far away of each other. Sometimes neighbors are so far away that we get lonely into the crowd and become unable to cross the distance between two souls, so close otherwise.

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We create unnecessary distances, where there is no need, we wanted to remove happiness and we wonder why sadness has filled our souls. I know, a smart man in modern society can not be but slightly depressed, removing distances does not guarantee happiness, but it can not be bad to try to approach each other, leaving behind fears. Being together is beautiful, let’s try a therapy group.

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And the Romanian version:

Sunt distante intre noi. Eu sunt aproape, tu esti aici, el e acolo, ea e departe, noi suntem apropiati, ei sunt undeva. Cream distante intre noi, mai mari sau mai mici si masuram departarile in ore, zile si nopti. Alergam in cercuri paralele, rareori exista sansa ca traiectoriile noastre sa se intalneasca. Ne bazam sansa intalnirii doar pe aglomeratia din jur si ajungem sa credem ca lumea e mica. De cand exista internetul si zborul cu avionul a devenit ceva comun, distantele nu mai sunt acelasi lucru. Distantele fizice sau facut din ce in ce mai mici. Distantele emotionale au crescut. Suntem indepartati.

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Uneori aproapele e atat de departe incat ne insinguram in multime, suntem incapabili sa strabatem distanta dintre doua suflete care altminteri sunt alaturate. Cream distante inutile, acolo unde nu e nevoie, ne indepartam voit de fericire si ne miram de tristetea care ne umple sufletele. Stiu, in societatea actuala un om inteligent nu poate sa fie decat usor depresiv si indepartarea distantelor nu garanteaza fericirea, dar poate nu ar fi rau sa incercam sa ne apropiem unii de altii, lasand in urma spaimele si fricile. Apropierea e frumoasa, sa incercam o terapie de grup.

About Fine Art Photography, again

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Sometimes, my photography  is just a reaction to something that’s just happened and all the issues I address are within myself, setting scenes and stories and concluding into a sort of narrative imagery. It is like a reportage from a world that exist only in my mind. Photography is an art of observation but also a result of personal imagination. I deeply agree with Ansel Adams: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

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But more then that, I use to work on photos, using the computer but also sketching and painting onto, to transform and modify the original image parameters till the image loose the photographic qualities and become more closely to painting. If Susan Sontag said that “the painter constructs, the photographer discloses”, I prefer to disclose the construction of my images.

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The camera and the computer are just the instruments that help me to reveal the unknown. When people look at my pictures I want them to feel them like reading a novel in a peaceful place, far away from the crowded and noisy city. Even if they look at it for a second I hope the viewers will find enough reasons to think about and remembering.

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