Remus Tiplea: from revealing tiny universes to documenting human tales
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With the documentary photography I really find myself, this is where I feel I have something to say as a photographer – Remus Ţiplea
I was amazed by Remus Ţiplea’s works when watching the local news a couple of years ago on reporting about his tremendous performance with the “Bulbucații” (Damselflies) project. Important international magazines were quoted in the news and this detail captured more my attention. I therefore became more curious about Remus and his work and my searching for more details revealed me that this project it is only the tip of the iceberg.
Remus Ţiplea is one of the most skillful and creative Romanian photographers with a notable activity in documentary domain. His interest for photography started in 2009 when his son was born; since then he was involved in large scale successful projects from documenting the macro world of tinny damselflies to the less known aspects of the religious confessions in his area, the tough (but still beautiful) life of a cowherds family, the sadness of gravediggers and the main life events of the shepherds from Oaș region. His work is largely recognized, the best of it being included in famous magazine’s articles (The Guardian, The Telegraph, La Repubblica, National Geographic, The Huffington Post, LensCulture and FutureShot) or being exposed in personal exhibitions worldwide and honored with countless won awards.
Please join me in discovering more about Remus Ţiplea and his relentless photographic journeys within the interview below!
First of all, please allow me to thank you, Remus, for taking the time to discuss and answer my questions for this interview! I will start by asking you to briefly describe yourself - the man behind the camera, your hobbies and other projects you are involved in.
I always felt like I have the beginner’s luck; my first photo uploaded in my 1x account it was also my first published one in 1x gallery. I need to mention that I was so in the early phase at that time that I didn’t even know how to create myself the account; a friend of mine recommended the site and also explained me the rules. I was so happy to have my first photo published, but only later I realized how important this step was for me. I kept on sending next photos with confidence, but the selection process for the gallery was very strict and the first not-published photos only made me more stubborn in improving my work.
Regarding “Cowherds”, I can tell you that it was one of my dreams; I was aware that each village around the city I live has one or many cow and buffalo herds who are taken care by some people payed by the village communities for this job. I have found in 2011 such a family and in 2015 another one. Gusti’s family (2 adults and 8 children) looked very exotic to me from the perspective of the EU country we are living in. Their residence is a tent installed every early spring and packed up late autumn. Every morning they took over the animals from the village people, pasture them during the day and return them back to the people in the evening. The daily tasks were shared among the whole family members. I spent with them one cyclic year (starting early spring until late autumn) to document their life and I enjoyed every second of it!
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