Elena Răceală - pursuing the perspective of a moment
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by Editor Marius Cinteză
”Try everything, but tell a story!” – Elena Răceală
Elena, first I would like to thank you for your willingness to answer my questions! To begin, please introduce yourself shortly and tell us more about you, your hobbies or other projects you are involved in!
When have you realized that you would like to start your photographic journey?
Can you please describe in a few words your photographer philosophy and mission?
Elena, what is more important to you: the story behind your images or the technical perfection?
My workflow in editing mood photos starts with the selection and then everything is about inspiration. I observe the image, I crop it if necessary and delete the elements that disturb the composition. I primarily edit in Photoshop, Camera Raw and then I use the Nik Collection and / or Alien Skin filter, as per my intuition. Usually I have several alternatives of the same compositions and then I choose one of them.
Where do you look for to find inspiration for the visual stories you want to convey by your photo works?
The inspiration comes on the spot when I download the photos and I look at them. In that moment I know what the next story I want to share will be. Everything is feeling! My daily life inspires me, the desire for change, the joy or the difficult times, sometimes my compositions resemble the human condition in which the light and the darkness live together.
Many are of the opinion that the gear is not very important when the passion for photography is strong. However, can you please share with us what is the gear you use (camera, lenses, etc.)?
I have been using Nikon D7200 for two years, it is a large camera, but it does very well no matter the weather. I capture many of my photos while raining or snowing. As for the lenses, I use 17-55mm, 18-105mm, 70-200mm and sometimes 50mm prime lens. I recently purchased a 10-20mm wide lens that helped me to photograph in New York. I also have with me several circular polarization filters for hard light and I always carry a backpack with a protective cover, a rain cover for the camera and an umbrella.
We all go through this difficult period, difficult to tackle and especially difficult to manage. Initially I panicked, I was afraid for myself, for my family, my colleagues at the hospital. Then I managed to get out of this mood, accept the changes and include them in my daily routine. Every day at work is full of unknown, a permanent prayer to be able to return home healthy. I miss the photo tours; I had planned some of them during this period with my photographer friends. I hope we can resume our activity, healthy, in the shortest time possible and come up with new ideas, after this unpredictable experience. For now, I take pictures with my phone on my way home from work and I intend to try some more abstract approaches in my house. I think it is a period of self-discovery; it forces us to spend more time with ourselves and reflect. It is like a breath that can give birth to new beginnings, to new visions. Photography can alleviate the anxiety created by the current situation and my advantage these days is that I can work on editing the photos from the last trips and I am really glad that I have a lot of work to do! Photography helps me feel the joy and find my balance, fragile these days. Editing photos boost the creativity and my thoughts are flying to those places I have been in!
My favorite photo was captured in my favorite place, Piazza del Plebiscito in Naples, among the columns of the San Francesco di Paola church, on a rainy day in November 2013 and coincidentally (or actually not!) it is the image that showed me my purpose. I think that was the moment I chose the photography... or the photography chose me? This photo still excites me, after so many years and I realized what you could do the photography with: your heart, your eyes and what you have at hand!
I would mention first Fan Ho, which I discovered not so long time ago but which I feel so close to. Then: Henry Cartier Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Vivian Maier, the controversial Robert Mapplethorpe whose work I was fortunate to see at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. These are just a few of the photographers I have now in my mind. There are also some 1x photographers whose works I follow with great admiration!
Now, since we almost reached the end of this interview, I would kindly ask you to share with us your plans or photographic projects you would like to involve in the future.
Besides what I do currently, the travel photography will be omnipresent with all the challenges that await me in the future. Otherwise, I am open to any project related to photography!
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