MERYL D’SA interviews ALEXANDRA DUMITRICӐ

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Layers

Where you are from? What are your passions and hobbies?
My full name is Alexandra Cristina Dumitrică. I was born in Bucharest, Romania, during a rainy November night almost 21 years ago. Today, I still live in Bucharest, where I study Pharmacy at University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Carol Davila.” Even though the career path I chose doesn’t trigger my artistic side a lot, I still try to make room for my love for photography, literature, poetry and even little crafts sometimes.

Could you tell us a little about what motivated you to explore photography?
I’ve always liked to immortalize moments. I feel like the thought of keeping a subject frozen in time forever is quite extraordinary. If I were to think of the precise moment when I discovered my passion, I would say at age 12, when I got my hands on my  first digital camera and a whole new realm of discovery and experimentation opened up to me.

To me, photography is, of course, a way of self expression; a way to let people get a slight glimpse of the world through my eyes. I believe it has also played a huge role in my character development, helping me morph into the person I am today.

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Tranquility

How long have you been photographing? Were you trained or self-taught?
I started taking photographs around eight years ago, but very casually. Being encouraged by the amazing people in my life, I decided to take photography more seriously about a year ago.

As much as I would have loved to take a real photography course, my limited spare time never allowed me. I learned a lot online and from other photographers I was lucky enough to meet along the way. Most of what I know, though, I gained by practice and experimentation.

Do you work with particular themes? What do you hope to immortalize through your photography?
I like to play with themes a lot, but my favorite has to be landscape photography. I truly believe nature is an everlasting fountain of beauty and inspiration. I try to capture everything I find beautiful, interesting or subjects that just generally make me feel something.

I equally enjoy playing with big pictures as well as focusing on little details that most people don’t take the time to notice. For example, when I managed to immortalize this tiny bee covered in pollen on the inside of a red flower, I felt privileged to have that moment captured forever.

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Light Within

What is your process? Is your work planned or spontaneous?
I would say it’s mostly spontaneous, since I like to carry my camera with me wherever I go, in the hope of capturing something interesting. There are times, though, when I have a specific place and time in mind for the perfect photograph. That being said, in the end, my work is both planned and spontaneous with a tendency for the latter.

Do you have an editing process? How much work is involved in this editing process?
I do have an editing process. I remember in the beginning it used to take ages for me to be happy with how my pictures would turn out, but now, since I got the handle of it, it takes significantly less to edit a photograph. Sometimes I feel like playing with different editing styles it takes a little bit longer, of course.

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Foggy Morning

Can you tell us more about your other hobbies and interests (literature and crafts) and perhaps how they find a way into your photography?
I fell in love with literature ever since I was a little girl and my mother gifted me my first real novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Now I have my own personal library at home that I keep adding to. Sadly, the only thing I’m missing nowadays is time to actually read as much as I would like.

I got into crafts quite recently. It started with me being upset that all the jewelry I liked was either too expensive or unavailable where I live. So I started making my own earrings and then hair accessories. I have to say it’s incredible how many things you can make with stuff you have at home.

I’ve never really thought about how my other hobbies reflect into my photography. Thinking about it, I realize now that it probably increased my sense of creativity a lot, helping me see the photographic potential of various subjects.

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Parisian Design

snapshotAlexandra Dumitrică is a 21 year old photographer, born and raised in Bucharest. When she isn’t busy studying pharmacy (or taking care of her cats), she grabs her camera and goes outside on a “hunt” for the next perfect shot.  The inspiration for her photos mainly comes from landscapes and travel, but sometimes even from small details that she notices in her the surroundings. @_serenitatis @alexdtr26

 

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