about ~ me ~
“Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” (Saint-Exupéry – Le Petit Prince)
This is the photoblog of Bogdan I. Stanciu, a Romanian member of the Royal Photographic Society of UK.
~ His place in this world ~
Bogdan lives and works in Bucharest, Romania as a father and husband. Greek-Orthodox Christian. Born: On his birthday. Education: First 7 years (7 ani d’acas’).
He leads a conservative pro-life NGO based in Bucharest, PRO VITA.
As father of a hearing disabled girl he is interested in hearing aid technology and leads Darul Sunetului (Gift of Sound) a charity for hearing disabled children.
Fav books: J.R.R. Tolkien‘s legendarium. Founder of Romanian Tolkien Society.
Fav movies: Lost in Translation (Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson / Sofia Coppola); Moulin Rouge (Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor / Baz Luhrmann); Wild strawberries (Ingrid Thulin / Ingmar Bergman).
~ Photo habits ~ Bogdan is attracted mainly by people & street photography. He needs humans, or at least tangible traces of their presence in order to activate his ‘photo-sense’.
He always looks for the extraordinary in the ordinary people or scenes. To him, everyone is interesting. Everyone has got some story – for good or evil. Everyone has own worth.
Very rare does he shoot studio or any other ‘staged’ genre of photography (macros etc). Also nature/wildlife/landscape photography is not of his main interest.
~ A hobbyist that never grew up ~ Although a licensed photographer, Bogdan doesn’t work for money, but for his own (and other’s) spiritual satisfaction. Selected photography site coming soon.
~ His favourite quotations ~
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
“We used to build civilizations. Now we build shopping malls.” (Bill Bryson)
“Drinking beer is easy. Trashing your hotel room is easy. But being a Christian, that’s a tough call. That’s real rebellion!” (Alice Cooper)
“Put your faith in God and keep your gunpowder dry.” (Oliver Cromwell)
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” (General Maximus Decimus Meridius – fictional character in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator”)
“Nicăieri şi niciodată nu ne-a cerut Hristos să fim proşti. Ne cheamă să fim buni, blânzi, cinstiţi, smeriţi cu inima, dar nu tâmpiţi.” (N. Steinhardt)
~ His gear ~ Bogdan operates a Canon EOS 6D and prime lenses (24/35/50/200).
about ~ the rebellious act of B&W ~
“Photography is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.” (Arnold Newman)
His photo muse is a monochromatic one. While color is explaining, monochrome means ‘leaving to interpretation’. Moreover, in most cases, color is not only futile in helping viewers achieve the essence of the image, but it also distracts attention. Bogdan feels the need to essentialize, to simplify the scene and also to distance the image from its immediate connection to reality. He thinks grey tones ideally fulfill both needs. That’s why he constantly prefers the mistery and mysticism of monochrome to the naked color gamut.
about ~ how to reach me ~
email: bogdan at cobaltblue.ro
tel.: (+40) 722 190 685
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