Hajdu Tamas: picturing the bits of existence
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Hajdu Tamas is one of the most talented and creative Romanian photographers based in the beautiful Maramureș region of Romania and a veterinarian by trade. I first learned about Hajdu’s photos when LensCulture featured his story depicting the everyday life in an eastern European neighborhood. His pictures capture the humorously absurd, ironic but also tragic pieces of the day-by-day life.
He held multiple exhibits in Romania and abroad, he won various photography contests and his works are published and highly appreciated in famous magazines: Independent, The Guardian, La Republica, Vice, BoredPanda, LensCulture, FeatureShot, etc.
Hajdu simply defines himself as a fine art documentarist, a subtle and thoughtful storyteller documenting the sides of the Romanian neighborhoods ‘life still looking disoriented nowadays in the perpetual transition from communism to capitalism.
Please join me in discovering more about Hajdu Tamas and his endeavor to picture the life as a balanced compound of smart humor, raw reality, compassion, sadness and fine-art minimalism!
Shortly about myself: I am married and I have a wonderful little girl for almost eight years. My profession is a veterinarian, I work in a diagnostic laboratory. Photography it is a hobby for me and I practice it more during the weekends.
You are of the opinion that the spontaneity is defining for you. Can you please explain why?
This culture has managed to create some unique spaces in the city, and I’m not necessarily talking about what we see being created as a consequence of the lack of money, but about the imagination and lack of culture of the inhabitants, though having a great will for the progress specific to the people in the eastern European neighborhoods.
The image of the Eastern European backyards and garages it is usually disorderly. These are the places were stray dogs are silently walking like ghosts in the foggy morning, the emblematic and national Romanian cars (Dacia) are fixed and maintained by the passionate neighbors with practical know-how only and where one can hear the sound of backgammon dice or oriental-Romanian music. But this is also a place where the optimism can arise: the walls are painted in vivid colors, the graffiti messages are always original and humorous and the decaying cars (more than 20 years old) are mysteriously revived. Within this space I move, observe and document the everyday life tiny moments!
Let me ask you: if you have a poorly composed picture and it's not technically perfect but it's capable of transmitting a lot of emotion, will you post it or not? I tell you that I've posted such photos several times and I didn’t regret it!
One of your successful projects is “Laboratories”, some of the photos being published in 1x.com gallery. What first attracted you in this kind of fine art photography and why?
Hajdu, your portfolio is impressive and inspiring and your photographic projects are highly recognized in Romania or worldwide. Now, we are about to conclude our interview and here is my final question: what other photographic projects are you considering for the future?
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