Marcel Cristocea : Creative Lighting for People Stories
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Editor Marius Cinteză
Marcel Cristocea is a fashion and people photographer based in Montreal. He’s originally from Constanta (Romania) and he discovered photography at the age of 22. Although initially he experimented other genres of photography, in time he discovered that photographing people was most rewarding.
Please join me in discovering more about Marcel Cristocea - the man behind the camera in the interview below!
Marcel, first I would like to thank you so much for taking your time 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!
For many of us photography is either a hobby or a way of life. How would you define your relationship with photography?
What would be the most important experience so far that has influenced your steps in photography?
You discovered photography at the age of 22. But when have you realized that you would like to follow a career in photography?
How do you maintain and grow your passion for photography?
Can you please describe in a few words your photographer philosophy and mission?
I have a simple mission: to do better after each photoshoot. I do this exercise after each project where I look at the final images and I am trying to understand if it is something I want to pursue further, or if it’s not representative for me and I shouldn’t do it again. I recommend it to everyone, it is a good exercise that will keep you on your path, and it will help you understand what you really love to shoot.
You are of the opinion that great photography is a team effort. How do you manage to build the best-connected team for your photos?
People and fashion photography are in your area of interest. What are the main challenges for these genres of photography?
The success of model shooting sessions depends heavily on the model skills, on one hand, but also on your “stage director” skills, on the other hand. How do you manage to successfully communicate with the models, to make them fit in your story and to get most of the mood from their performance in front of the cameras?
Can you please tell us something more about your workflow for fashion photography?
What do you think it takes to make remarkable fashion works today? What is the future of fashion photography in your opinion?
I have noticed the mood and the special light in your works! How important are these elements in creating a visual story? What is the lighting setup you prefer for your shooting sessions?
Where do you look for to find inspiration for your works? What inspires you?
What is more important to you, the mood/story behind your images or the technical perfection?
Marcel, I have noticed that your portfolio is almost exclusively full of colour works. Why do you prefer to express yourself in this manner?
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 gear do you use (camera, lenses, lighting, etc.)?
You have been a member of 1x community since 2017. Where did you first learn about 1x and what did you feel when you have got your first photo published?
Who are your favourite photographers or mentors whose works have influenced you and your photography?
Usually, the photographers have their own favourite piece of work. Can you please shortly present your favourite photo, the story behind it and explain why it is special to you?
Some time ago, I think 7-8 years ago I did a project in a prison back in Romania, I wanted to do some portraits with some inmates. I took two lights with me, one camera and one lens and I went to the prison. After all the screening I went inside and I met with some inmates. We talked for a while and I was allowed to do a setup in one of the rooms there. At the beginning they were really shy, but as soon as they started to see the images things started to loosen up a little bit and I think I photographed around 20 people. I really wanted them to see the final result, so I printed the images and after a few weeks I sent them the pictures. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do it in person, but the person that delivered the prints told me how happy they were and most of them sent the pictures back to their families. It was a great feeling knowing that what I did helped them, and they had something to share with their loved ones. Now that I think about it I think I should do more projects like this one. It is definitely something I should consider more.
We almost reach the end of this interview and I would kindly ask you to share with us your plans or photographic projects you would like to be involved in.
Thank you so much for this opportunity and I can’t wait to talk to you again!
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