Merry Christmas and The SCAD Alumni Atelier Award

The Christmas celebration is just upon us with its beautiful forever green tree, glittery and delicate ornaments, gifts, baked goods, carols and stories. This time feels so much filled with love, nostalgia for a year that is about to end, and desire to remember, celebrate and cherish the best in us.

It it at this time that I share with you a recent professional achievement that awaits to begin for me in 2017. As I have always contemplated the idea of artistic imagination and innovation, I spent 2016 working on an intricate project proposal for SCAD, a project that I was long dreaming about to bring to life. Thus, I am extremely honored to announce that I have been selected as the Winter 2017 recipient of the SCAD Alumni Atelier Ambassadorship, an artist residency conceived and endowed by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace.

The SCAD Alumni Atelier is a commissioned artist in residence ambassadorship, and as an Atelier Ambassador I will create an innovative site-specific photographic project in Savannah, GA. My project explores photography’s static character using technology to reveal a multisensory experience that will challenge and amplify the way we see, hear, and remember images. The project uniquely combines still-life photography with motion and sound design, revealing new ways of experiencing time and space.

I will soon share more about this upcoming project, and the creative process behind it, but for now, I cannot tell you in words, how thankful I am for this opportunity that will give me the time, means, and mentorship I need to focus and create a new body of work in the unique artistic and educational environment of SCAD. Merry Christmas, love and cherish this wonderful time of celebrating the family, friends and loved ones coming together!

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!

Avocado Cream Spread Gabriela IancuAvocado Cream Taste Gabriela Iancu Tableware by Gabriela Iancu

Communication Arts 57th Photography Annual Competition Winner

It feels amazing when you receive good news, and today I'm so over the moon to finally be able to share this good one here. I'm so honored to have my photograph Shore, from the series Expressions Around the Table, selected as winning photograph in the 57th Photography Annual Competition held by Communication Arts. The selected projects, among which my award-winning photograph, will be reproduced in the July/August 2016 issue of Communication Arts, both in print and digital editions (more than 34,000 copies of the issue will be distributed worldwide). For my winning photograph I will receive a personalized Award of Excellence, milled from solid aluminum, that I will soon share here with you all. I'm so proud to represent SCAD with this work in this prestigious competition!

Published each July, the Photography Annual incorporates special reproduction techniques developed by CA, including quality 200-line color separation and printing on premium 70 lb. coated paper by one of the finest printers in the United States.  Of the 4,024 entries to the 57th Photography Annual, only 137 were accepted, representing the work of 127 photographers, making the Photography Annual the most exclusive major photography competition in the world.