Homeless people as they are and as they dreamed to be - It was before starting the school when I had the curiosity to explore our familyâ€™s painting albums where I found magnificent works of Rembrandt Van Rijn. Later, I remember that Iâ€™ve seen the work of Edward Weston where things aren't what they seem to be and I had a epiphany, certain things matched in my mind. In both cases, their style gave me a sense of mystery common with the film noir. Having this two landmarks, I felt that I should isolate my subjects, so I can connect my work better with the viewer and, although I am attracted and I understand the strength of the environmental portraits, I believe people tell more with their eyes and their faces. Later on I found Jim Goldbergâ€™s â€œRich and Poorâ€ exhibited at Pier 24 in San Francisco and seeing the contrast between the photos and the words that his subjects wrote on the photos made me realize that a photo cannot tell the truth or at least not all the truth, it just gives the photographers "truth". As a consequence, for my project I started to record the stories of the people I photographed, I began to have a personal dialog that gave me the context that I needed and that could not be found just in the portraits. One of my favourite portraits, â€œMigrant motherâ€ of Dorothea Lange, strengthened my opinion that showing a closer copy of a person gives a greater response from the viewer and this I think because of the â€œGulliverishâ€ impression that the viewer has. You see somebody or something at an unnatural scale or from an unlikely distance. This I believe is the goal of my project, to show the homeless people in an unlikely approach and from an unlikely distance.
I started few year ago a technical university and after two years I quit and I started to study photography by my own. After this, guided by the need to create more meaning in my frames I went to a film school from my home town Bucharest and I achieved a bachelor degree in film making. I made several experimental films and the common element of them is the focusing on telling stories without actors in an abstract way. Now I'm doing a Master in Fine Arts at the Academy of Art from San Francisco and I try to explore as much as I can in the photographic field.