IN CONVERSATION WITH OVIDIU SELARU
Ovidiu Selaru is a dreamer. He was born and raised in an artsy family in the northern part of Romania, where his love for landscape and passion to create things with his own hands, was nurtured and encouraged by his parents. Ovidiu has always nursed fantasies about photography since he was a young boy. He used to watch his father paint, and he first dreamt of becoming an artist, but it never happened. Living and working in London for the past ten years, Ovidiu now pays homage to his father's talent and artistic spirit through his photography. The black-and-white photography segment with a bit of an 'eternal snapshot' twist, is the one niche that Ovidiu best identifies himself with. He is always seeking new perspectives, playing with angles and using the architectural geometry of space around him. He relies on his artistic instinct.
"Follow your heart, follow your instinct, and you will never fail to voyage your unique journey from a simple passion to the complex form of communication."
When did you start getting interested in photography?
I used to watch my father painting and create his amazing drawings on canvas. I first dreamt of becoming an artist, just like my father...it never happened, I felt I was never as good as he was. I pay homage to his talent and artistic spirit through my work today. I started releasing my creative flows in photography about nine years ago when out of the sudden I have began collecting emotions through the lens of my camera.
Where do you find your inspiration?
From movies and real life. People say that one photo means more than a 1,000 words...I like saying that beauty in photography cannot be limited by words. I do not narrow down my interests into strictly portrait or landscape niches, I just seek new perspectives, I play with angles and architectural geometry of space around me. I only rely on my instinct, I do not rationalize a move or a motion...I rarely set expectations, I just let nature do its job...The sixth sense cannot be explained, talent cannot be x-rayed, and so heartfelt art cannot be disliked...I feel inspired by many things and people around me, I learn new photo techniques every day. All of this allows me to grow and develop my skills.
Who are your favourite artists/photographers?
My favourite artist is Fan Ho because his style was unique.
Has your style of shooting changed since you first started?
Yes. In the first five years of my photography career I used to photograph landscapes, cityscapes, portraits and wedding. But, in the in the last five years I’ve resonated more with Minimalist Street Photography for which I’ve found my own style and is part of who I am today. I like capturing the quintessence of someone's inner beauty and nostalgia. I feel I have a different experience than the classic stream as my models often tell me that I can metaphorically transpose their souls into black and white memorabilia, which lasts for eternity. All my portraits capture a unique artistic trait, they all, defined most clearly and more simply my creative patterns.
Where is your favourite place to shoot?
London. My camera is my best companion on the streets of London and I never miss an opportunity to capture the special flavour of an after-rain street landscape or the unspoken charm of a surprising sunset.
Do you think equipment is important in achieving your vision in your photography? What would you say to someone just starting out?
No, equipment is not important. So the advice I would give is that photography starts from within. They should focus on the style that they want to photograph and a minimum entry level equipment is sufficient.
Have you ever been involved in the artistic world before photography?
I was born and raised in an artsy family. My love for landscaping and passion to create things with my own hands have always been nurtured and encouraged by my parents.
Are there any special projects you are currently working on that you would like to let everyone know about?
This year’s Special Project that I’m currently working on is photography out and around my house, discovering new places.
If I wasn't photographing what would I be doing?
Maybe a fisherman.