Our “Inspiration Feeder” presents to you short interviews with interesting visual artists from around the globe. Today in focus: Selaru Ovidiu.
How old are you?
I am a 37 years old dreamer.
Where do you come from?
I was born and raised in an artsy family in the northern part of Romania, where my love for landscaping and passion to create things with my own hands have always been nurtured and encouraged by my parents. I have been living and working in London for the past 9 years now, pursuing better career opportunities that would have been unreachable had I remained back home in Romania..
How long have you been doing photography?
I have been nursing fantasies about photo shooting art since I was a young boy. Back home, I used to watch my father painting and create his amazing drawings on canvas. I first dreamt of becoming an artist, just like my father …it never happened, I felt I was never as good as he was. I pay homage to his talent and artistic spirit through my work today.
How would you define your style?
I started releasing my creative flows in photography about 6-7 years ago when out of the sudden I began collecting emotions through the lens of my camera. Educated in mechanical engineering, with a sense for the exact sciences and geometry of things in life, I feel that I can capture specific emotions when the right angle of colour and light it’s applied. The black-and-white photography segment is the one niche that I best identify myself with…with a bit of an ‘eternal snapshot’ twist. I like capturing the quintessence of someone’s inner beauty and nostalgia. I feel I have a different experience than the classic stream as my models often tell me that I can metaphorically transpose their souls into black and white memorabilia, which lasts for eternity. All my portraits capture a unique artistic trait, they all define most clearly and more simply my creative patterns.
I have been awarded first place in the international photography contest by Cityscape BW and my photographs frequently appear and are commented inEYE-PHOTO and PHOTOSHOP magazine.
My camera is my best companion on the streets of London and I never miss an opportunity to capture the special flavour of an after- rain street landscape or the unspoken charm of a surprising sunset.
How long do you think it took you to find your personal style of shooting?
People say that one photo means more than 1,000 words…I like saying that beauty in photography cannot be limited by words. I do not narrow down my interests into strictly portrait or landscape niches, I just seek new perspectives, I play with angles and architectural geometry of space around me. I only rely on my instinct, I do not rationalize a move or a motion…I rarely set expectations, I just let nature do its job…
What would you say is the thing that most inspires you? / What is your main source of inspiration?
The sixth sense cannot be explained, talent cannot be x-rayed, and so heartfelt art cannot be disliked…I feel inspired by many things and people around me, I learn new photo techniques every day. All of this allows me to grow and develop my skills. Follow your heart, follow your instinct, and you will never fail to voyage your unique journey from a simple passion to the complex form of communication.
You can find more about Selaru Ovidiu here:
Facebook: @Selaru Ovidiu