Catalin is a Romanian-born and Sydney-based freelance photographer and photography educator and artist . Shooting since 1987 and having the film discipline practice projected on digital techniques, as fashion editorial and commercial photographer and more than 20 years shooting advertising projects over the world, Catalin, an expert in Light Painting Photography, started exploring this technique since 1990 and proudly featured with this technique in the industry reference magazine British Journal Of Photography in 1992. Catalin's formal training in performing arts, as actor-director, provided him with a theatrical style in his photography style. His dramatic interpretation is present in almost all his images, allowing him to push the boundaries of traditional photography. He was always looking to balance creativity with the technical skills.
I like both experiment and realism. Experiment, pushing the boundaries, avoiding stereotypes, when I can, it's just depending on the job. I am excited about developing a story from an idea in the sense I can produce ideas for the shoot or inspire others along a set story and/or a brief. It is the basic difference e between making a photo(stage it) and taking a photo(documentary)
What types of shoots have you done and how did you make them special?
I like photojournalism, that was my starting point in photography. From here I had my my approach for the portraiture and fashion. The light painting in the beginning for the need of showing the essence of the things.
Awards, honors, and recognitions received
I have received many prizes, but the dearest ones to me are :
1992 - British Journal of Photography - Prize for originality for light painting nudes 1995 - Minolta Prize at the Festival of Avant-garde Photography, Burghausen 2005 - Black and White Spider Award for Light Painting
A fun fact about this photographer
First developed film was exposed to light before fixing it in 1987 and I did the first involuntary solarisation.