Stained glass details from St. Augustinuskerk in Amsterdam Noord.
Breite Oak Reservation visited after Sighisoara, in Sibiu County. I spent a few nights in what is one of the oldest forests of Romania with trees as old as 700 years. This is a secular oak tree forest that has seen a lot of history happening and in the the romanian history the forest plays an important role as shelter and benefactor, it has a special place in myths and poetry. It reminded me of all the war stories and myths and of the romanticism current in poetry and a lot of feelings of love, respect and even adoration prevailed. Unfortunately, not everyone feels the same. In 2012, after an open fire in the area got out of control approximately 25% of the secular trees burnt down, it is incredible sad to see trees that lived so many hundreds of years burnt down alive just because of the ignorance of people.
It was july and it was extremely hot and enjoyable, truly beautiful dry summer days with a little breeze in the air, enough to let you breathe plenty and make you feel free. The landscape was surreal. We went through a very thick forest of young trees that didn’t let almost no sun through until, finally, we were out in the sun on the Breite Plateau in this surreal landscape. The smell changed, it was the smell of dry weed and tumbleweed and I was struck by the first secular trees I saw.
I present to you this secular oak forest, a part of it, as I’ve seen and experienced it myself. In this series I have used long exposures with my infrared filter in order to capture the special feeling of static place in history this forest made me feel.
Please enjoy it and let me know if you have any questions regarding my technique or the reservation itself and don’t forget, love the forest!
This summer I spent quite some time traveling through the Carpathians mountains and I had the chance to practice water photography, especially flowing water … waterfalls and rivers. It is truly beautiful to hike along the river and it is taking you to it’s place of origin, you only need to follow and will be amazed.
This summer the weather is weird, in the east it is raining a lot and in The Netherlands and The U.K. there are heatwaves and no rain! The whole time we we’re in Romania, there was always a code, between yellow and red, for heavy rain, storms and flash flooding. But thanks to all of this rain, the waterfalls and the rivers we’re more full and wild.
To be able to take interesting pictures of flowing water I have used a tripod to stabilize my camera for long exposures, to make the water seem milky white and smooth. In plus, to be able to take long exposures during the day I have used a ND filter and in most of the days I am using also a circular polarizer filter.
If you are in Amsterdam, pass by Coffeeshop Republiek or Coffeeshop The Loft as my paintings are now exhibited in these two beautiful locations.
During the long last winter, after dreaming about hot summer days for a while, I got myself an infrared filter for my DSLR camera, this being the filter to shoot with in the middle of a sunny day. It shows a different side of the reality that we see and gives an eerie perspective over the world.
I find it a very interesting photographic experience, as I had to use long exposure times during the day and I learned better the manual focus on my camera. Also, there is an entire journey in the post production, as I’ve discovered. The raw picture can be processed and the tones changed, especially in the red channel.
I fell in love with this technique though and I will post my favourite pictures below. Nevertheless, I am still discovering and playing with this filter and I will be updating the blog post accordingly. I am curious to hear your opinion on this technique and I would appreciate constructive feedback.
Here I am, writing after the opening of my first art exhibition. I want to thank all the people who showed up and who supported me so far, it was good to see all of you before I head out for the summer holiday
Prior to getting to the art gallery coffeeshop in Amsterdam, I have to admit I was a little bit nervous but once I met with their art curator, Irina ( the first other Irina that I meet in Amsterdam 🙂 ) all the worries went away. We finished placing all the paintings very fast and I was happy to see that my hanging systems we’re proper.
By 5 o’clock, everything was in place, including lekker vegan treats provided by Siberie ❤ and friends started arriving. And for a few hours we enjoyed the gezellig atmosphere of Siberie, their tea selection and bubbly apple juice because there we couldn’t serve alcohol.
I have exhibited 11 paintings here, all of them painted in the last year, some of them from 2017 and some finished quite recently. Going further on my timeline, I have started using more materials, I have added some recycled materials and some mixed-media elements, giving my paintings more dimension.
The best view is live if you go by Siberie @Brouwersgracht 11, 1015 GA Amsterdam, Netherlands. They’re open every day!
Hello! I have the pleasure to invite you, one year after I started painting, to my first exhibition in Amsterdam at the beginning of this beautiful summer.
Come join me at the exhibition’s opening on the 3rd of May, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon when we will get a chance to discuss my direction in painting and any other curiosities. I have entitled the exhibition “Intense dreams” because painting as a medium has always been close to my heart and because my paintings remind me of surreal places I have visited in my dreams.
The exhibition will be hosted by the amazing Siberie, beautiful location in the heart of Amsterdam. Situated on a quiet canal in the center of the city, Siberie is a place that you must visit for the chill and friendly atmosphere and for the chance to discover international artists as their walls are always full of art. Check out also the sisters de Republiek, de Supermarkt, Espresso and Loft. You can find more information at www.thecoffeeshops.com
Hello and welcome!
^^ My 2017 in a nutshell.