Interview of Diana Spatariu by Sophie Pellegrini
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a 23-year-old medical student with a camera, living in Romania,Constanta.
How long have you been taking photographs? How did you get started?
I was in high school when I first started to take photos, but I began to have a stronger connection with photography 4 years ago when i got my first film camera (an old Zenit) from a very nice old man who owned an antiquity store in Sibiu. It was the first time I ruined a film roll, but fortunately I still have some photos of my trip to Sibiu taken with the Zenit.
So do you prefer film to digital photography? Why?
I absolutely prefer film. I like to take my time capturing the perfect moment, and let it come as a surprise when the film is finally developed (you know how sweet the waiting is sometimes). l like that old feeling I get while shooting with my film camera.
What is your favorite thing to photograph? Why?
Hmm, my favorite thing to photograph…I’ll just say what first comes to mind: people’s backs plus the wind, because I find it very relaxing, and also it can show that when people are staring at that immensity ahead of them they’re looking for something: to get lost inside their thoughts or to have no thoughts at all, to just live that moment, really really live it. I also like to capture the wind in my photos, or to just capture it in my hair at anytime (that’s quite a good feeling!).
What emotions do you personally try to capture in the photos you take?
When it comes to expressed emotions in all kinds of art, I believe that the person who feels those emotions (whatever they are), is the one deciding, and it doesn’t have to be the exact emotion I am feeling when I shoot that moment. I don’t quite know how to explain what I am trying to express in my photos, I just know it makes me feel good.
What are some of your other hobbies?
My other hobbies include bird watching, people watching, and sky gazing. All these combined with listening to music.
Did you study art in school?
Unfortunately I didn’t study art in school, it would have been nice if i did.
What did you study in school?
I studied mostly history and literature in high school, it was what I chose at the beginning, and by the end of high school I realised I wanted to become a doctor so I started learning biology (extra) by myself.
If you could photograph any person or place, what would it be?
I’d really love if someday I could visit Iceland and photograph its beautiful landscapes! For now I’m just dreaming about it.
What inspires you?
I get my inspiration from whatever I’m feeling at the moment, plus the music of Nick Cave, Chet Baker, The National and others.
Do you believe that the camera equipment an individual uses is important, or that the skills are more important?
I think that if you have the skills you can capture a really nice moment with an ordinary camera, it just depends on the emotions captured in the photo.
Do you have any advice for young girls who want to get started with photography?
Hmm, my advice: enjoy it, enjoy it, enjoy it! Even if your photos aren’t the best in the whole world, you’ll leave something behind that has your mark on it, and THAT is a nice feeling.