Interview: Ioan Nicolae

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First of all let me tell you that photography is my oldest hobby. Yes…a hobby, not a profession. Why only a hobby? Because I love my job and I don’t think of moving on to a new one and also, keeping it as hobby I can shoot what, when and where I want without having deadlines or having a boss that puts pressure on me… In other words I’m free to use my imagination and creativity in all my work.

Because I love the freedom, I am an active advocate of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) movement, Free Software Foundation (OSF) and particularly of the Linux operating system.

What is your full name and where exactly do you live? Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Engineer by profession, photographer as vocation, portraitist by passion, his artistic motto is “The eyes are the window of the soul” and so his works are a tribute to human beauty in all its forms. He had personal exhibitions in Romania and also participated in many international exhibitions.

When did you first become interested in photography?

Like almost all photographs that I know, the first contact with photography was in childhood.

Where is your favorite place to shoot?

Certainly in my photo studio.

Have you ever traveled? If so, where to?

You mean in terms photographic travels? No, not until now but who knows when I will travel for shooting abroad? :)

Are you a self lerner? Which skills have you developed by yourself?

Yes, by all means. :) Over ninety percent of what I learned about the photography as art was taken through individual study. I do not know if in this way I acquired other qualities but I could deepen the styles that I liked (portraits, of course and landscapes).

What does a typical workday look like for you?

I do not think I have a typical day … :) I am the father of two boys. :) Every day is different for mine. :)

Do you plan on buying any new equipment and if so what do you have your eyes on?

For about two years, along with digital photography I returned to the black and white classic photography. For this reason, in the near future, I would want to buy a Linhof Technika 4×5 format camera as an upgrade of actual equipment (Cambo SC view camera). Also I wish to bought a tilt-and-shift lens for my Canon.

What do you think is the most important factor in making a good picture?

From experience, even for portraits, I think patience is the key in making successful pictures. And I mean not only the patience to click the shutter. But also the patience to learn and test what you just learn. The patience, together with the ability to distinguish both details and the all scene, certainly are the most important elements for a memorable photograph.

If you could live anywhere on this awesome planet where would you build your dream home?

Tricky question! :) Perhaps here in Romania but certainly every country has something beautiful to offer. Instead I would like to travel to different countries for periods not longer than a couple of months.

Any advice for our readers?

I give readers the same advice that I got it before from an experimented photographer . Do not stop learning!

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