Name: Cristiana Negoescu
Tools of the trade: Fujifilm instax wide; Polaroid 636 Close-up
Tell us a little (or a lot) about yourself
I am many things combined. In a way I’m not specific in a niche or photography or any other form of visual arts. I think the message is more important than any medium in which one can express oneself. Everything can and will, at some point inspire me, so I don’t give credits or misread something in particular or anything for that matter; my life has been full of surprises in this sense because I have found, that sometimes, the most plain and non artistic things are a great source of inspiration. I rarely have the sentiment of nostalgia, yet I want it, I’ve tried to create it in many ways, – complaining that everything has been done, and nobody has anything left to do, in a way I’ve tried to recreate the world, for someone to be nostalgic in ways that he/she has not experienced so far.
Bucharest is full of surprises, actually it is a big factor in the surprises of my life, and nothing is what it seems to be. Sometimes, it hides itself in illusion, only for the witness to take the veil off.
Recommend us something you really like.
I will recommend a book: Camera Lucida, by Ronald Barthes – a book that has succeeded to change my view on photography, one of the few. I will also recommend a movie (series) The genius photography (BBC) – a great view on photography.
Say I give you an instant camera with only one paper left inside. It’s the last instant camera in the world. What would you shoot and why?
I have two answers for this: I would go out, in the most crowded place, make sure nobody sees me, and photograph as many people as the camera can embrace. Because if Polaroid cameras disappear, are renounced by the world, at least the camera should not renounce people. And the second answer would be more aggressive: I would not photograph anything, with that last camera and last piece of paper. I would take the paper out, study it as long as I need to and then make some more cameras and papers. And then the world will have polaroids again. I would teach other people to do it as well.