March and April were fully loaded with commercial food photography projects and May has almost passed by in a swing of trips, meetings and artistic collaborations. On top of the list was my solo photography exhibition “Outside the Museum” held in Romania this spring. The exhibition had on display twelve large scale photographs custom printed in advertising banner style, pieces that were showcased in downtown of Târgu-Jiu city, in Romania. The exhibition aimed to bring closer people and photography, and inspire contemplation and conversation. Framed around the Romanian identity, the exhibition encouraged the Romanian audience to experience photography through the accessibility, openness and attractiveness of the public space. This project has been possible by the collaboration with the Alexandru Ștefulescu Museum.
While being in Romania I let myself be inspired by the peaceful and spiritual surroundings of Tismana Monastery. It’s hard not to be impressed by the breathtaking view of the mountain and the forest where this holy monastery has been built. The monastery is the oldest in Wallachia (one of the three medieval Romanian states), and was built on a rocky top of Stârmina Mountain.
The translation of its Dacian ancient name “Tismana” means fortress, and it is here at the base and then up, from where I started to capture with living stills the beauty of its medieval walls, on-site rocks and monastery’ steeple. Spot the shadows, the wind and birds, and immerse yourself in this pristine atmosphere. The breeze was carrying the flowers’ perfume on my way up the hill, and the quiet walk was accompanied by the echo of the nuns chanting in the monastery. Once you’re reaching the top, you’ll discover the monastery’s clean architecture made in the Byzantine style of the 14th century.
Tismana Monstery has continued to amaze me at each turn, from its medieval walls, to the surroundings and the peaceful living of the nuns, all-in-all telling yet again its story. I love discovering and contemplating places like this one, where history and nature come together in a celebration of good principles and respect for life. This photographic documentation gave me the opportunity to capture the beauty of simple life, something we see less and less today. Let’s love and be joyful more often!