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IN LOVE WITH ROMANIA

I have been in love with my country for all my life. All the trips that I made during my childhood helped me feel this way. I did not miss any opportunity to discover new places or to revisit some that were already dear to me. I have met people, I have entered a little in their lives and I have listened to their stories. I discovered photography many years ago. Through my camera, I managed to bring home a bit of what I experienced on my trips and share with others what I saw and felt.

In time, I have been slowly drawn into the life of Romanian village. I like, first of all, its people and the traditions that, fortunately, are still preserved in some places… I like to think that my pictures will be able to keep some of its charm, the charm of the Romanian village.

I invite you, to come with me into this wonderful world, to see people, lights, old habits.

Exhibitions:

October 2009 – four works selected in the International Exhibition of Photographic Art Sibiu;

February 2010 – the first solo exhibition in Brasov “Images from Romanian village”;

December 2011 – Brasov – solo exhibition “Images of the Romanian village”;

November 2012 – Brasov  – solo exhibition “Glances inside”;

September 2013 – Brasov – solo exhibition “Holidays in the countryside”;

November 2013 – Bucharest  – solo exhibition “People and the souls near them”;

August 2014 – solo exhibition Slovakia;

August 2015 – solo exhibition Slovakia;

July 2016 – Brasov – joint exhibition “People and birds”;

Solo exhibition “About the Juni” – permanent display at the headquarters of Uniunea Junilor din Brasov.

 

Distinctions:

November 2009 – The National Competition of Ethnographic Photography – the 2nd place in Color photography;

November 2010 – The National Competition of Ethnographic Photography – the 1st place in Color and also Black and White photography;

December 2010 – PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR contest organized by the Association of Photographic Artists Romania – 1st and 2nd Prize in Portrait photography and the 2nd place in Photojournalism photography;

October 2013 – The National Competition of Ethnographic Photography – 1st place in Black and White photography and the 3rd  place in Color photography;

October 2014 – The National Competition of Ethnographic Photography – 2nd place in Color photography;

November 2015 – National Geographic Photography Contest 2015 Romania – organized by the magazine of the same name – 1st place – People photography;

November 2015 – People and their Traditions Photo Contest – organized by the Department for Preservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture – 2nd place in Portrait photography;

November 2015 – The National Competition of Ethnographic Photography – 1st place in Black and White photography and the 2nd place in Color photography.

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved..”
ANSEL ADAMS

Şirnea area in wintertime

How do you feel revisiting an area you know perfectly well, that still offers you something new every time? That fresh things happen in places extremely familiar to you? You see stories that make you feel like being there for the very first time. I often feel like this in Sirnea area!

Back to Holbav

Holbav is one place among many others in my country that succeeds in combining everything: landscapes, people, habits. My great luck is that it lies very close to the city I live in. Over the years, I learnt its footpaths and I met many of its people. I find it absolutely fascinating in each season and every single visit there is a real pleasure.

Moieciu de Sus village offers a stunning landscape

Surrounded by Bucegi mountains on one side and Piatra Craiului mountains on the other, Moieciu de Sus village offers a stunning landscape. What I love most about this place is the fact that we can still find traditional customs: sheep breeding, donkeys carrying loads to shelters where people keep their cows or hay.

Our trip to Cândeşti, in Argeş county

This year, once again, I went together with my wife and two dear friends, to a village in Arges county, called Candesti. Honestly, I do not even remember how we first got there, but I know that we liked it so much, that we made a promise to ourselves to return each year.