Who are your artistic heroes?
René Staud, the photogapher that I discovered well before starting this project. He is one of the masters of automotive photography and he’s a living legend. Also Sarel van Staden, a great automotive photographer specialised in details of the cars that he’s shooting. I’m also a great admirer of the automotive painting and illustrator artists from the XXth century, like Carlo Demand, Peter Helck, Frederick Gordon Crosby but also the contemporary ones, like Bary Rowe and Michael Turner. Of course, let’s not forget about all the artists from The Automotive Fine Arts Society.
What is in your dream fine art photographic collection?
I would love to have some automotive paintings (these are also early photographs, aren’t they?) by Carlo Demand, Peter Helck, Frederick Gordon Crosby. But I would love to have some large fine art prints from Mr. René Staud.
How did your photographic career begin?
I started working as a Picture Researcher more than 13 years ago for some of the best-selling publications in Romania and it involved also organising studio and on location photo shootings. That was the moment that started my carrier as a photographer, since the passion was there, deep inside. It only needed a trigger. And soon I was finding myself being one of the photographers for the media company that I worked for. I was also shooting at big live music concerts. I have quite a portfolio with big names like Pink, Seal, Gotan Project, Kasabian and Depeche Mode, just to name a few.
Describe your first break.
I think my first break was my first cover as a photographer for the Romanian edition of Forbes magazine. Still as a break, it was my first cover of Forbes Romania featured on www.coverjunkie.com, but as a Creative Director this time.
Where were you first published?
I was first published in the best-selling science, nature and travel magazine in Romania called Descopera (eng. discovery). Forbes Romania and Lifetime – Collectible Watch Stories are also the magazines that I have a lot of images published in.
What work are you most proud of?
OneBigSmallGarage, my current and on-going fine art automotive photography project.
What advice would you give younger photographers?
Always, but always, do not consider yourself accomplished. And self-accomplished. Learn as long as you live. And always be a good person. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.