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Spotlight: Bogdan Comanescu, Romania


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Q: What’s the story behind this photo?

A: Shortly after the sunset during one of my short expeditions in Plesa, a Polish village in northern Romania, I saw these people getting their car up the hill. I admired their creativity, with one sitting at the front wheel in order to create a better grip and using both engine and horse power to get the car up the hill. I chose this photo because it reveals one of the reasons why I think Romania is a very photogenic country—the real “fairy tales” created by people being other than a certain “normal” standard. The Balkan way of life may not be a high level of life, but it is a colorful one!

Q: Why do you take pictures?

A: I love the visual expressivity and I love to express myself in a friendly, beautiful way. Taking photos is letting me express myself, and I discover the world around me by doing photography.

Q: What do you like to take pictures of and why?

A: I take pictures of people and their environment. I like the beauty in the human soul, nature, and most of all the human integrated with nature. I like to get to know people and their lives, to know the way they see the world, their daily concerns, and to discover their life philosophy. In my current work, the main focus is to document Romania, to show the beautiful and still original side of Romania, the true Romania.

Q: How would you describe your photographic style?

A: I don’t have an exact description of my style, but the direction would be toward documentary photojournalism. I also use street photography and portrait elements, as well as landscape photography.

Q: Are you a self-taught photographer? If not, how did you learn to shoot?

A: In my search of “myself,” I used many ways. I learned a lot by myself (I still do), I did a photography course, I tried many photographical domains, but my Morpheus (like in The Matrix), the one who opened my eyes, who after I met him I knew that this was my way—this was Sorin Onisor.

Q: What do you want to say with your images?

A: People can be beautiful! In most of my images I try to capture the feelings, the emotions, the interactions with their habitat, the reactions of people … I try to tell their story without words, and together with their stories, I tell my experiences and create my own story.

Q: Are you currently working on any long-term photography projects?

A: I am working together with Sorin Onisor on projects like “Romania, People and Places” and “People of the Delta.” We are organizing photography workshops, which gives me the possibility to travel and to do photography.

Q: Have you been inspired by any photographers in the Your Shot community?

A: I’m relatively new in the Your Shot community (since December 2013). The photographers who inspire me happen to be also on Your Shot. The photographer that inspired me most and still inspires me is Sorin Onisor. Now that we work together and we are partners, I find this one of the beautiful things in a photographical career—to have the opportunity to work with your mentor.