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, Models: Alina Petrica, Ana Costea, Raluca Rosu, Andrei Jilavu, Marian Cristea, Location: Stirbey Palace / Bucharest
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.