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Cristina Venedict: The fine art photographs of Cristina Venedict capture the attention of our eyes. It not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly, poetic and romantic.
Based in Botosani, Romania, Cristina’s childhood plays an important part in influencing the way she sees, and the way she creates her photographs. Her aim with her work is to invoke emotions and self discovery.
Cristina has won many awards for her fine art work and is an exhibiting and well-published photographer.
She has won awards at Sony World Photography Awards, PWP’s 37th Anniversary International, Shoot The Face International Portrait Photography Award, TZIPAC, Px3, IPA, 35photo awards and many more.
Her photographs have been exhibited in places such as London, Krakow, Dublin, Vermont, New York, Vienna, Cairo, Rome, Switzerland, Athens, Moscow, France (Saint Gilles Croix de Vie) and many more.
-How did you first become interested in photography?
I fell in love with photography in 2007; it was like a revelation. I had a job as a psychologist, but I wasn’t happy. I felt like it wasn’t the proper place for me to be. Then, I fell in love with portraiture and I knew that was what I wanted to do in life.
It was such a wonderful feeling. This year will be my tenth year as a photographer. In 2010, after my son was born, I began to take the path to portraiture. And I fell in love! This is the beauty of photography, to keep the passion alive. I like to play, I enjoy being a child. I’m quite immature sometimes, but this is who I am.
-How would you describe your style of photography?
I like the portraits photographed by me to be pictorial. Harmony between colour, model position and clothing.
-Is there a theme or concept that runs throughout all of your work?
Sometimes when I want a more complex project, I think about the concept, the props, the model, the decorations, the desired atmosphere, and sometimes I just leave things alone. I like both approaches and much depends on my mood.
-What is your creative process like? What are you start, middle and end points?
I’m not following a pattern; I do things differently every time. Creativity is amplified by the pattern, the atmosphere created, the light, all the things that surround us, our inner state amplifies or inhibits our creativity.
-What is your post-production workflow like?
I start by processing the raw file in Camera Raw and then in Photoshop. When I’m in Photoshop, post-processing depends on my mood.
-What is your dream project?
I would love to shoot an editorial with Bjork.
-How do you approach posing or directing your subject?
I like to have a connection with the model, to talk with her/him; I like to study the natural movements the model makes in order to see her/his strong and weak traits. I want my model to be relaxed, to show off her/his natural self and to ‘talk’ with the viewer in such a way that they have their own take on what the look or gesture wanted to say.
-What is your go-to lighting setup?
In the beginning I said I would never work in a studio, but I did it. Now I prefer the natural light, as well as the artificial one from the studio. For me it’s important to show an emotion through photography.
-What is your top technical tip?
I’m not a technical photographer, I like to let go and play as much as possible.
-What was the best career advice you were ever given?
In order to be a good photographer you have to be extremely passionate about photography. Since I was a little girl I was fascinated by people, by colour combinations, art and fashion magazines. The music and artistic movies I saw in high school and college; everything you accumulate in your life has a say on your take on photography.