Creative Collaboration with Up by Forbes

One of the dream assignments that came my way this year, and for which I am beyond grateful that it happened, is my latest collaboration with Forbes Romania. For the fall issue of Up by Forbes, a quarterly luxury publication published by Forbes Romania, I have designed the concept and layout design of an 18-page long editorial about my artistic journey and shared my photographic portfolio.

Earlier this summer, when Andrei Michailov, Art Director of Forbes Romania and Up by Forbes introduced me to the idea of creating a spread inspired by What Liberty Ate magazine and my photographs, I instantly clicked with the challenge. The entire design of Up by Forbes is exquisite, publishing exclusive interviews, portfolios and creative features into a coffee-table magazine format. I was so enthusiastic to take upon this creative challenge and create an unique spread to represent my design style and complement my photographs, but also symbolize my artistic journey.

This is something that I was aspiring to work on for a long time. The layout that I created marries the sophisticated level of my photography with geometry, featuring an interactive design, that asks for a closer look and presence. While working on the design, my artistic motivation was to bring forward the combination of things that inspired my artistic practice, and that level of emotion and anticipation one has before discovering something new. Being in a constant change, living between three countries and two continents in the past two years got me into the practice of taking more time offline with my creative work. This collaboration gave me the chance of featuring ideas that represent me as a visual artist and touch upon that very large spectrum of what my journey taught me along the way. I am truly thankful to Andrei Michailov and Diana-Florina Cosmin for sharing my story, and giving me the chance to showcase my work in Up by Forbes. I am thankful to all of my professors at SCAD for leading me toward my artistic voice and allowing me to reach and go beyond my own expectations, in such a beautiful way. Thank you all, have a happy Thanksgiving!

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Forbes and Pancakes with Blueberries and Peaches to Celebrate 5 Years of Blogging

“Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.” Edward Abbey

Time is such a slippery notion. We love celebrating it when we feel excited about what it has brought with it, and we're fearing its passage when we want it to stand still. So, every July I am looking back at the past, interested to see how these fragments of time, essentially memories, construct and enrich our experiences and help us moving forward.

This blog has continued to exist because of my passion to create pieces of art that could inspire and produce good feelings in me as an artist, and you as a viewer. But beyond just art, this blog has been also a place to share stories, encouragements, struggles for others to see and hear, who might need that extra kick to believe in themselves and follow their dreams. This blog has been a journey because it grew up alongside me, while trying to attain a true sense of purpose in life. Looking for that freedom in life, you name it - to think, to act, to simply exist -, is requiring not only a lot of courage, but comes with a lot of struggles to overcome. Following your own dreams is not easy, but when you feel that sense of purpose in you, you feel you can do it no matter what it takes or how hard it might seem.

And thus, I was so excited to share my journey story with Forbes Life magazine! I was so grateful to Diana-Florina Cosmin, the editor-in-chief of Forbes Life, Up by Forbes and Forbes Romania, for this inspiring cover story in which I shared from where I came from, how I had to overcome the challenges that I stumbled upon, and how to keep believing in yourself. Many may tell you that you can't do it, won't believe in you, but there is no other better person to believe in you than yourself. It is because of this obstinacy to believe that there is something better out there for me, that SCAD happened and everything that came with it. Today, I am celebrating not only this 5th anniversary, but also all the sacrifices I took to be here today, and joy sharing my stories with Forbes, SCAD and all of you who appreciate my work. Enjoy your Sunday and these Georgia inspired pancakes!

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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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