With one day left before the end of the year, I am taking the time to share my joy with you and launch the 7th issue of What Liberty Ate magazine. This long-running project has been so wonderful, and helped me along the way to grow artistically, work independently while collaborating with great artists around the world, stay committed to not only photography, but also graphic design practices, cinematography and writing. I feel so blessed to have had this determination and grow up this project to reach its fourth anniversary today. 2014 might have just been its graduation, but we will all see what new projects I will prepare in 2015!
We should all take the time to read this new issue, discover the art readings, essays, exquisite recipes and sensual photography I prepared for you all. An extension of each issues has also been the short films and this volume had no exceptions. I prepared 2 films, each one highlighting not only the spirit of the holidays, but also a sense of sensitivity to things like home, comfort and dearest people that helped us going forward this year and not only.
This issue has been possible also with the wonderful creative effort of My Nguyễn who has helped in designing some of the pages of the magazine; Priyanka Patil for her colorful illustration inspired by the Indian culture; Mihaela Cristea for her insightful view into the very popular feminist movement; Oana Piscureanu for her breathtaking illustration inspired by the Romanian culture which has been awarded at the International Exhibition of Visual and Decorative Arts held in Romania this year; Alina Tița for her celebratory logbook about the journey of connecting two different cultures.
I also want to thank to the team that made possible the massive summer/fall inspired photo-shoot (Camelia Diaconescu – makeup artist, Larisa Bodislav – hair stylist, Iustina Ciortan – stylist) I organized in Romania, from which you will discover in this issue two beautiful portraits of Irina Udrescu – the model.
2014 has been a very difficult year for me, with a lot of challenges, unexpected events and projects. As I entered my second year of my M.F.A. at SCAD, the expectations have grew and with them the workload as well. I am proud of myself to close this year with a lot of achievements, lessons learned, great finished projects and a lot more knowledge! This year I become a Getty Images and Offset contributor alongside great artists around the world I truly admire, I had five exhibitions from which one was a solo, I was featured online on PDN, PhotoVogue, Camille Styles; I wrote and shot for Millesime and Chickpea magazine; I won a few competitions that highlighted my skills not only in photography, but also in cinematography; I produced, filmed and edited 10 films, and not lastly I released two new issues of this magazine and been here for you with my stories, recipes, photography and dreams! Dream big in 2015, be kind, honest and loving!