A Romantic Getaway in the Far-Off Land of Transylvania

There is something so romantic about fall spent in nature, the leaves changing color, the rain and cold air, the harvestmoments that one can peacefully and quietly enjoy. A memory of such beautiful and romantic encounter is our last year's getaway to Transylvania. There are so many reasons why one should visit Romania, but mostly it is because of its tradition, breathtaking landscape, and places like Cincșor, an authentic Saxon village in the heart of Transylvania.

The village gives you a warm welcoming through the Cincșor Guesthouses that are awaiting to accommodate you. We spent our weekend in a Cincșor guesthouse that was formerly a Saxon school, built in 1910 in the Art Nouveau style and restored in 2014. Walking into this beautiful architecture with walls full of books, fireplaces and traditional, yet elegant Romanian decor, was absolutely enchanting. There are not many guesthouses to have so much character, great design, rich history and beauty!

We felt like going back in time stepping into the house. Dining was exquisite, and the modern, yet rustic and traditional design of the entire house was, once again, unforgettable in our memories. Relaxing in the library or in our bedroom quietly listening to the rain, or waking up in the morning with the Fortified Church's bell ringing, was indeed so lovely and romantic.

A dramatic rocky ruin and the surviving structure of the Lutheran Evangelical church you must visit is the Cârţa Monastery, set in a beautiful lush garden, not very far from Cincșor. The peacefulness of the place draws you to explore every corner of the ruin built in Gothic style; everything around is so calm and beautiful. This getaway has been truly an amazing experience, something like a celebration of love and enchantment by the nature. Check out the film of this beautiful getaway as I documented it throughout our weekend.




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Nature of Time in Creating Memories for Colectiv

“Every moment alters what came before. We reach across layers of time for the memories of our memories.”James Gleick

In contemplating the nature of time, there is always a single significant event that confronts our humanity with its short existencelife. By formalizing this great anxiety of limited time we have in life, in a creative act, I'm aiming to annotate what I think about time, and to reveal a fantastical memory of mooring deaths that were not yet meant to come.

Based on the controversial Colectiv nightclub fire, where 64 people were killed by fire in the club building where they were cheering for a rock band last year in Bucharest, these animate photographs freeze time and set at rest the artifice and limitation of reality. The series aims to capture the healing power of memories.

Departing from the writings published in the 22nd issue of DoR which reflected also the history of Colectiv event as we were left standing lonesome but many, the photographs poetically tell the story of those who chose to remember. The photographs become living memories for accepting an ironic death which ultimately shall heal the pain, and become the calming binding to bridge the soul and mind with reality's paradox.

In these photographs, the moving character of the real and imaginative elements highlights the depth of time, of existence. The photographs' motion defy the traditional principals of the still image, and try to honor and keep alive the memory of those who died. These photographs were created in memory of Cristian Mitroi and all the victims of Colectiv tragedy.



Peaceful Contemplation at Tismana Monastery

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!

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