TPL: Bogdan please tell us about yourself. How did you become interested in photography?
BO: Growing up in Targu-Jiu, a small city in Romania, I did not have access to a vibrant community of diverse crowds and spaces – one which I could identify with. Thus, I spent a lot of time by myself, increasingly drawn to the arts, which I eventually pursued academically, during high school. At my high school in Targu-Jiu, I was given the opportunity to explore the art field, learning about painting and graphic drawing. However, the very same environment that was supposed to be inviting, creative and positively challenging unfortunately became a significant source of social pressure and discouragement for me, which in turn negatively impacted the visions of exploring the arts that had permeated my life for so long. Despite my personal struggles, my passion for visual arts has always prevailed, and is now more tangible than ever, in my profession as a social worker in Bucharest. Navigating social problems and field work in urban areas, through different lenses, equipped with tools from the field of social work, my previous artistic pursuits and my current studies in visual anthropology, I naturally developed an interest in photography and now find myself documenting urban life, from the streets of Bucharest, in my free time. In my perspective, there is an inevitably strong connection between the concepts and practices of social work and street photography or social documentary photography, and my intention is to highlight such connections, capturing and bringing attention to the complexity of everyday life.