Andrei Baciu: Photogralysm, when photography and poetry meet and mix
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While an art such as literature seeks through words - the Word, Photography reveals the light within the Light: this is the premise of Andrei Baciu’s visual expression endeavours. Obsessively fascinated by the power with which the photo-graphical art bears testimony that the world is
”good from the viewpoint of its purpose, beautiful as making, complex from the perspective of its existence and spiritual through its very materiality” (quote by Horia Bernea, Romanian painter and thinker),
Andrei does his best to acknowledge the assertion in the quote above.
I invite you to discover in the following more about Andrei and about his passion for photography and literature!
Many thanks for taking the time to participate to this interview and answering my questions, Andrei! To start, can you briefly tell us about yourself, your hobbies and other projects you are involved in?
Which are your most important experiences so far that have influenced your steps in photography?
Can you please shortly describe your overall photographic vision?
You are also an appreciated books author and you have a PhD in literature. How do photography and literature interact and complement each other for you and how did both influence your photographic vision?
Two of your photographic projects fascinate me the most: “The Life and Happenings around Blejoi Bridge” and “Winterly Haiku”. Can you please tell us was the idea behind each of them and what got you so interested in these projects?
What is more important from your perspective: the mood, the story behind your images, the message transmitted, the composition or the technical perfection?
What is your relationship to the locations where you are shooting?
What is the gear you prefer to use (e.g. camera, lenses, flash)?
Do you have specific techniques when shooting your photos you would like to share and recommend?
Can you please generally describe your workflow (e.g. editing, post-processing)?
What is your most important advice for the beginners in photography and what is the minimal equipment set you would recommend?
Who are your favourite photographers and, more importantly, how their work influenced your own work? Is there any specific photo would you like to mention that has inspired you and why?
What was the first image you had published on 1x? Can you remember the way you felt when it was published?
Usually the photographers have their own favourite piece of work, part of their portfolio. Can you please shortly present your favourite photo and explain why it is special to you?
One of the most intense experiences I lived - not only from this series, but also from my whole (photographer) life -, took place the very first time I went photographing the bridge. I had been there for no more than 25 minutes, when, on the road beneath the railroad bridge, an old man appeared, with his cane. Almost simultaneously, more and more black birds - crows, to be more exact - started showing up. At a certain point, the old man turned away from me, facing the fog in the distance, as if ready to disappear into it. That precise moment, the sky literally filled with birds. The epiphanic convergence of all these elements, alongside the setting itself, simply overwhelmed me. What had been initially a prosaic scene transformed, for just a second, into a profound allegory (of life itself, if you ask me), which I was not only witnessing, but, at a deeper level, I was really living, with all my being. (That was also the moment I knew that the general approach of my project had to be a symbolical one.)
Andrei, we are about to conclude our interview and here is my final question: are there any specific directions that you would like to take your photography in the future or any specific goals that you wish to achieve?
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