“I like photographs to resemble to paintings”, Cristina Venedict

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Tell us something about you

I’m interested in photography and family. Without family I couldn’t make photography. I’m the mother of a 6 year old boy, wife and child at the same time. Better said, I refuse to grow old by throwing the smile of the child on my face…I like to think that we never grow old, at least your soul stays young and alive, it’s just the package that changes slightly.

Have you studied photography at university or were you self-taught?

After finishing university I started working at an NGO and I felt that my place wasn’t there. The moment I discovered photography was nice. I was at a computer, talking to a good friend of mine in Iasi and at some point she sent me a link with a photograph. I was profoundly moved and felt in that very moment that I had to express myself through images.

I finished an art high school, monumental painting section, then headed to do psychology.
The step from psychology to photography was extremely small. Everything I have accumulated until that moment couldn’t wait to be expressed, but photography was my way of doing it easily and with a lot of passion. I have never taken a photography course.

What is interesting is the fact that I was never concerned with only working pure photography. I started with a mix of photography, painting and drawing and then moved on to digital manipulation. The digital world gave me the opportunity to create stories. Gradually, I moved more and more towards photography. Whilst doing art high school, the painters were the first artists that influenced my work. Degas, Picasso, Toulouse Lautrec are the ones who moved me through their style and emotions in their work and the images of Maggie Taylor absolutely fascinated me.

During university I was extremely passioned by the fashion industry. I had whole collections of fashion magazines, I was quite creative in choosing my clothes and I was trying all kind of chromatic combinations and textures. I was lucky enough to earn from the photography stories I created, from projects that have appeared and slowly with portraits.

Do you remember your first photograph? How did photography turn to be a profession from a hobby?

The first photograph I’ve taken was taken in a park. It was of a lovely girl who looked from another world. She opened the thread of my stories and was my muse. I named the photograph “ The little pear girl”. Since then, I have fallen in love with photography and I’m extremely happy when I’m holding my camera, preparing to shoot. Photography is passion and I really hope I’ll keep my wish and pleasure to do photography throughout my whole life.

I remember when I sold my first print, I was so happy. I got an email from someone who wanted to buy a print. I didn’t even know how to react…Then I started collaborating with a hotel from Botosani, then with United Creativity I started taking orders from outside the country.

I started taking photographs the other way round, I mean in the beginning, the camera was a means of finding subjects for digital stories and I wasn’t really keen on studying it. Experimentation and play started after taking the photograph, when I continued the story with the help of the graphic tablet. Gradually, the camera began to be my point of interest and I started experimenting and knowing it and became fascinated by the world of portraits.

When I’m taking a portrait I’m trying to create a relaxing atmosphere where gradually helps the normality of the shot. When I feel we’re in harmony with the place, that’s when I start taking pictures. I’m putting a big emphasis between me and the model and the atmosphere created. It’s really important that the model is not focusing too much on how she/he looks like in the photograph.

In each photography there is something of me…I think it’s impossible to take a picture without expressing yourself.

What kind of camera do you use and how important is editing in your process?

At the moment I hold more cameras, lenses and lights. But honestly, it doesn’t matter that much. What matters is that what you do to represent you and to do it with passion. Lately, I don’t want to use so much editing. I’m always changing and I always want something else from me to keep my passion for photography alive. If I started with digital stories where the camera was just an accessory, now things are the opposite. For example, in the past I wasn’t interested in using other mode than auto. Now, on the contrary, I only work on manual mode. I like experimenting and the photograph to come out well from the beginning.

There are different stages, but I like where I am now, what I’m doing now. I like photographing people, discovering new things and transmitting a part of my soul to the person I am taking pictures of.

What is your style?

I am always changing and following my instincts. I like the fact that I am so unpredictable even for myself. I like my photographs to resemble to pantings, I like the complementary chromatic, the pastels. I like to play, to choose my props, the make-up and to create the wanted atmosphere depending on the person I am photographing.

Name a few favourite photographers and why you like them

Paolo Roversi is my favourite now, I’m a really big fan of his style.

What impact had winning prizes with photography on your work?

It certainly had an impact, but I’m not really focusing on that. I’m just focusing on enjoying the photography and everything I’m doing is for myself, not for prizes.

What projects are you working on now?

I’m continuing to photograph lipoveni from Botosani. The lipoveni community is a small and united one and I love being around them. My husband is half lipovan and my father in law is 100% lipovan. In a way, they transmitted their love for this community.

This is a lengthy project that I am working on. I also enjoy photojournalism, spontaneous photography. I’m waiting to see in what direction I am heading on now. My instinct is my guide.

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