presents a new series of features.
Talented photographers are interviewed and talk about themselves and their relationship with Photography.
The first one is Marius, a photographer from Romania, a.k.a.
TPA: Tell us a few things about yourself.
Marius: My name is Marius Georgescu, I live in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Next January, I will be 57. I'm in a long-term relationship with a beautiful and smart woman, Sorina - 42 years old.
TPA: How did your relationship with Photography begin and how has it developed through the years?
Marius: My first encounter with Photography was 35 years ago, when an old friend and mentor taught me the basics of photographic art. After 5 years of self-study, I was admitted to the National Academy of Cinematography. Five years later, I graduated as a director of photography but I didn't get any assignment in the field of the film image since the Romanian Revolution , in1990. I was employed in the Romanian Public Television, as a cinematographer and, for many years, I neglected Photography.
Two years ago, I met two photographers who reminded me of the old and forgotten passion for Photography. So I started to shoot again and shortly I focused on street photography, in which I find a spontaneous attraction.
TPA: Which photographers influenced you?
Marius: Along the years , I was impressed by Paul Strand, Eugene W. Smith, Henri Cartier -Bresson, Doisneau,Alan Webb, Steve McCurry and especially by the Canadian Larry Towell. His book,"THE MENNONITES",was my Bible. I learned a lot from the work of Gabi Ben Avraham,Sagi Kortler and DougNZ, from my compatriots Cosmin Bumbutz, Silviu Ghetie and Vasile Dorolti and from hundreds of authors whose photos I admired or detested. I am forever grateful to a great street photographer,Yanidel, who continues to influence me. Chapeau, mon ami!
TPA: What do you enjoy photographing most?
Marius: I enjoy walking on the streets of Bucharest, looking for faces, lights, movements and opportunities to freeze the "human factor".
TPA: What equipment do you use?
Marius: I use only digital cameras - it is quite a relief, after all the limitations of the film... First, I used a Nikon D90, with a 18-105mm zoom, a Nikkor 24mm/2.8 and a 50mm/1.8. After 6 months, I had a crash for a little Panasonic Lumix LX5 and six months ago, I added the third camera - a Sony NEX 5N, with 18-55mm, 16mm and two Sigma lenses: 19mm/2.8 and 30 mm/2.8. I use all the cameras(in turn...). I like the pocket size of the little Lumix LX5 and its great zoom 24-90mm - it makes me feel almost invisible, in the street. I also like the tiltable screen of the Sony NEX 5N, the speed of the AF and his great high ISO capabilities. But, in the end of the the day, I get the greatest pleasure with my old and steady Nikon D90. Its large viewfinder, the solid grip and the quality of its lenses make me feel quite special - it's like an old weapon I can trust. And its battery life is incomparable.
TPA: What motivates you to continue taking photos?
Marius: I am always looking with emotion the reactions and the comments of the photographers of DeviantART. I learn a lot from their reactions, critics or praises. So, for me, the last year helped me A LOT in my effort to define my voice in Street Photography. I cannot really express enough my gratitude for my friends of deviantART.
Here, I found a warm, active and generous community. I am thankful forever.
Enjoy some of his marvellous photos