My name is Alexandru Silvestru Popescu and I’m from Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
How long have you been taking pictures?
I’ve been taking pictures since my first year of high school, almost 13 years ago. I found it very amusing to surprise my classmates and teachers in many weird situations.
When did you get into photography and why?
In 2007 I discovered DeviantArt and I started to take portraits of my girlfriend. Since then I was contaminated by the feeling of expressing myself throughout visuals. After I finished my university studies in physics, I decided to go all in with photography and I opened a studio. It was a huge leap of faith but I’m glad I did it.
What would you say your style is and has it changed throughout the years? If so why?
My style has changed a lot throughout the years. I’m always trying to improve my retouching skills. Also, the field experience in reading the light and the environment is the main factor that can change your style. Currently I try to keep it all as simple as possible, and I have a strong inclination towards black and white.
How do you approach a shoot? Do you pre-plan or is it a click and run?
It depends. When I’m shooting a wedding or an event I prefer to be as discreet as possible and let the moment take its path, playing a game of prediction. When I shoot fashion or editorial I have more control over the location and styling but almost every time I change things on the go. I rather like to set a mood and let the models be spontaneous.
Is there an end goal you’re trying to achieve with your images, be it an aesthetic or story?
My goal is to capture beauty in every form it might be. The aesthetics of an image can make you stare and brings a sense of perfection, while emotion and dynamics generates the story.
Do you have an influences you can share? The greatest influence I have is from my Instagram feed. Nowadays I feel like you have to protect even more what your eyes came across on social media platforms. It’s important to keep a clean feed and follow photographers and models that inspire you.
What inspires you?
Everything can be a source of inspiration as long as you are creative.
Is there such a thing as a bad photograph?
No, as long as there is passion nothing can be bad, you just need to keep improving.
Are you looking for a career in photography or are you just having fun?
Building a career while having fun.
Which social media platforms do you use and why?
Now I’m using Instagram for almost everything. I keep Facebook just for messages.
Which photographers do you mainly follow on social media? @williamlords @idaniphotography @_gerorgemayer @vpitoulis @cvatik @vibrantshotphoto @alessioalbi @gregoriophotography @arrondunworth @montani_maurizio
What are your thoughts on mobile photography versus DSLR / mirrorless?
The best camera is the one you have with yourself.
What’s your main go to camera, lenses and how did you make that choice?
I use Nikon d800 and my favourite lenses are Sigma 35mm f1.4 and Nikkor 85mm f1.4.
What is your dream location to shoot at? My dream location would be a world tour for the rest of my life.
Describe your favourite picture and how you captured it? One of my favourite pictures is from an after-wedding shooting, near Como Lake in Italy. I laid down on the ground having the bride and groom kissing just above me. Took a couple of shots and as it turned out, in one frame, all the elements were in sync: wind blowing the vail in a perfect shape and seagulls flying in the right place.
In three words how would you describe your photography? Human. Beauty. Essence.
How do you feel about better quality cameras being put into smart phones?
The future is bright.
What are your thoughts on expensive cameras? Do you think they create better images?.
The best camera is as good as the eye behind the lens.