Avocado Cream Spread and a Sneak Peek of my Tableware Collection

This avocado cream is the perfect recipe for your breakfast because is so simple to make. It has a light consistency that you can pair with cheese, radishes and mix of your favorite seeds to sprinkle on top. It's quick to make and keeps you full till lunch. I always love to make out of breakfast a thoughtful ritual with good, simple ingredients to enjoy each morning. And so this expression of simple pleasure of life couldn't be better paired than with my recent tableware collection I created for my artistic acts.

Since discovering sculpture at SCAD I've been experimenting with getting my hands dirty and building my own small sculptures. I'm always interested in exploring other disciplines, and sculpture has opened my eyes and mind a lot with its practice, much more different than photography's. And so, in the past months I've been working on a small handmade collection of organic tableware to use in my photographs. As a photographer I've always stumbled upon beautiful props to use in my photography, however not always they have represented exactly what I've looked for. By bringing my ideas to life through objects created by myself, I gained a better appreciation and involvement in the creative act and been able to fully capture the mood I was envisioning for a certain story. Thus, this tableware collection inspired by raw materials has an innate, real beauty with a tactile focus. These are now my obsession and simple props to laid out in any photograph, and you can spot them also here! Happy summer!

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Celebrating Brâncuşi - An Imaginary Day in the Studio

Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one's self by entering into the real sense of things. —Constantin Brâncuşi

Every year on February 19th museums around the world celebrate the timelessly enchanting sculptures of Constantin Brâncuşi. Being born and raised in the city where the Endless Column, the Gate of the Kiss and the Table of Silence inhabit—Târgu-Jiu—, I decided to photographically capture an imaginary visit to Brâncuşi' studio. I would guess that he would be surrounded by the most beloved objects representing his Romanian identity; here, he would enjoy a Romanian appetizer called zacusca. Being in an artist' studio means experiencing something intense, where the space articulates for the spirit.

Brâncuşi' sculptures demand nothing less than eternity because of the invisible dimensions of the world that the artist could see and create. Back when I was living in Romania, I remember loving to visit the Endless Column, which it was just across the street from my high-school. I would look up, and around, and up again at the column like it was the axis of the whole world. Experiencing Brâncuşi is seeing differently. Don't be afraid to look and see, and meditate on the magic that we, as humankind, can achieve.

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Sweet and Salty Summer Costini for Atlanta Magazine

"The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to behold the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to behold the hundred universes that each of them beholds, that each of them is." Marcel Proust

Between March and May, between SCAD, my thesis and my exhibition, I was interning for Atlanta Magazine. I have spend a nice time working on the magazine, assisting at photo-shoots and shooting, mapping eventually my interest for food photography with a last assignment. A summer inspiration recipe that one could enjoy at breakfast or served as appetizer at a dinner party. I love crostini because they are quick to make and always tasteful. Paired with tea in the morning or white wine at dinner, they are snack-perfect!

These crostini have the right amount of sweet and salty. The Kalamata olives are a wonderful pairing with the creamy cheese, since their meaty texture is unexpected with every bite. This is a very simple, yet tasteful dish, and a crusty baguette with soft and chewy crumb is ideal to complete this feast of flavors!

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