Vlad Eftenie: Envisaging the moments of grace
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The world is what we want it to be, the perception is purely subjective. Possibly, the city exists in our mind and our imagination, everything becomes a game, in a dream. Vlad Eftenie
I learned for the first time about Vlad and his remarkable portfolio in 2004 while attending a Romanian online community for photographers, where he was regularly posting his fascinating work. I have never imagined at that time that more than 10 years later, Vlad will agree to give me this interview for the 1x.com Magazine!
In few words, Vlad Eftenie is one of the most dedicated and creative Romanian contemporary photographers. However, he’s not considering himself as a complete photographer, but rather a perpetual seeker of moments of grace, an invisible urban observer, a relentless discoverer of the city secrets using time and emotions, both as tools and ingredients for his visual stories.
Vlad is also an architect and professor at the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture in Bucharest; he’s author (or co-author) of numerous urban and architecture photo exhibitions, both in Romania (Bucharest, Timisoara, Baia Mare, Negresti-Oas) and abroad (Berlin, Lisbon, Toulouse, Padova, Dublin, Venice, Vienna), numerous studies, projects of architecture/urbanism and articles in professional journals on photography and architecture. Not the least, he won in 2014 one of the most important photographic competitions, Sony World Photography Awards (Open Low light section).
I invite you to learn more in the article below about Vlad and his subtle, inner experiences while exploring the world around as a street photographer!
Photography helps you to know the world and the human nature more deeply. For an architect, they are absolutely normal requirements, with subtle effects in his/her professional gesture. Beyond the attraction to composition, the light relationship with the fullness and emptiness, textures, surfaces, sculptural and cinematic frames, the architecture is for the people, about the people, eventually.
In a new city I let myself completely driven by mood, emotion, light. Technically and compositionally I follow almost the same routines that define my style. I’m looking for the light, for the simple pictures, for topics that can arise a visual impact. I want to be relevant in terms of what I want to show, to look for the essence. It's good when I have time, I like to come back and to deepen my understanding. There can be always a new layer to be explored. I look at the people, the buildings, the urban spaces while searching for the exceptional moments. I build emotions.
As the technique used, I like wide angles lenses (between 18 and 20mm), 85mm for portraits and a longer zoom for compressed perspectives. I would recommend a light camera - a mirorless (nowadays the technology has evolved greatly, with instant focusing, effective stabilization job, even post focus), with a wide and a fast lens for portraits, a small compact zoom camera covering the situations where you cannot get there by walking, and even a good smartphone. There are no predefined recipes, each photographer must choose the tools that feels best with. I feel good today having the maximum impact with small cameras. It's a challenge!
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