Interview with photographer Roxana Iosipescu - Cendrine Marrouat Photography

Hello everyone! I am so excited to feature Roxana Iosipescu today.

Hailing from Romania, Roxana is a 37-year-old mother of two and a biochemistry engineer curently working as an IT manager. She discovered her passion for photography when she was very young.

Roxana also enjoys digital art...

Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Roxana, thank you for answering my questions! What inspired you to become a photographer? Any particular story?

Roxana Iosipescu: Photography was my father's passion and since I was a little kid, I watched him taking photos. Back then, we did not have all the techie stuff like DSLR cameras or the option to save photos in digital format. Everything was printed on paper and I remember really enjoying the work in the improvised darkroom.

He was the first person who gave me a camera and taught me the basics. Ever since, I have photographed everything I find interesting.

CM: What is your favorite subject to photograph?

RI: I like photographing landscapes and flowers. And my kids. :-)

Some of my best photos so far, are those of an amazing spring sunset.

When it comes of photographing flowers, I like playing with different points of view and the macro settings. Again, a lot to learn and practice.

CM: What makes a good photo?

RI: This is an interesting question... Some would say, a good photo is made by the quality of the gear or the technique you use. I would say a good photo is the one that remains in a corner of your memory despite its quality. A photo that makes you cry or laugh, is a good photo.

As famous Don McCullin said: “Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

CM: What is the photo you prefer in your portfolio? Why?

RI: I would say that one of my best photos is one taken few years ago. I was lucky to witness a magnificent sunset and capture some of its beauty. I like to name this photo "April Sunset".

I'm very fond of this photograph as it is among the first shots I took with my first dslr camera. Plus, this sunset was happening on my birthday so I took it as a celestial birthday gift. And it is really good. :-)

CM: Any photographer you admire?

RI: As stated before, one of my favourite photographers would be Sir Don McCullin. His work really stands out and he is such a huge source of inspiration. For me, he is a truly dedicated artist. His photos, even if disturbing sometimes, are showing the ugly side of the human race and the bad things we do to each other. I see them as a wake up call, as a sign that we must change our behaviour towards our fellow humans.

But there are many good photographers and some of them are on Steemit. I watch their work and try to learn as much as I can from them.

CM: What piece of advice would you give photographers who are starting with online promotion?

RI: I don't believe I'm in the position to give advices. More likely to receive. :-) I can only share some of the things I've done since I started promoting my photos.

Never try to copy others. We are different and unique. Learn as much as possible from the professional photographers and adapt their tips and tricks to your work. Everybody has a vision and it would be a shame to abandon it and attempt to copy someone else.

CM: Anything else you would like to share?

RI: Firstly I would like to thank you for the opportunity to share something about me.

I feel my journey will not stop here, at the beginner level. I will keep learning and maybe one day I will be able to raise up to the professional expectations.

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For more information on Roxana Iosipescu, visit https://steemit.com/@roxy-cat

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