We are delighted to bring to you the second in our brand new series of interviews within our Portrait of an Artist column entitled ‘Seeing through the eyes…’. This is a section that has been created by our wonderful Portrait of an Artist Editor, Ile Mont. Mont has been inspired by the life and works of Carolyn Hall Young, as so many of us have. Young was the main contributor to our Portrait of an Artist Flickr pool and filled it with portraits of so many wonderful people, not only of herself. It is for this reason that Mont wanted to create this section, to enable us to view the artists style through their own eyes. At the end of each interview, Mont will keep Young’s tradition alive, with a portrait of herself, seen through the eyes of the artist. In this case, you will see that at the end of this interview there is a portrait of Mont, seen through the eyes of Eliza Badoiu! What a gift!
Please continue to post your mobile portraiture to our dedicated Flickr group, that way, Mont will search through these artists first to interview. (foreword by Joanne Carter).
All images in this interview ©Eliza Badoiu
Would you like to introduce yourself?
I have graduated the Faculty of Letters, Philology and currently working as a foreign language teacher, living by the sea in a ‘non challenging’ city in southern Romania, Constanta. Above all these I am married and mother of a nine year old continuous wonder, who enjoys recording aspects of everyday life and emotions in the form of this new form of artistic expression that is ‘Iphoneography’.
What does “being creative” mean to you?
Creativity is the form in which each of us chooses to express emotion or even suppress it in some cases. Creativity is the motion we all have inside and are being driven by and which has to be externalised in order to relate and fuse with our own identity.
Can you describe the time when you first realised that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
Almost four years ago I discovered the art of photography with my mobile device and then I suddenly understood the infinite possibilities that technology provides for us to define our interior, most remote shapes and shadows, why not. I was so convinced by it that I had never stopped creating on my mobile phone ever since and it became my passion and most commonly a way of simply being.
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
Most of the photography I take is self-portraiture because it is the most readable form to convey the message about and through myself. I like to think that each picture can be read like going through the pages of an autobiographical book, the image becoming the key, translating the words we sometimes miss or fail to render in the immediate communication with those beside us.
Why portraits and self portraits?
Taking self portraits is the most efficient way of making the statement I experience and the easiest and quickest way to transfigure the message to the exterior world. The condition of women with all the inner desires and shortcomings are those that triggered the addictive madness inside the photographic frame. Most of the time, it’s about situations I cannot deal with in real life and then it’s like an escape again in myself.
What do you think are the ups and downs about working with your own image?
I can only stress upon the in numerous advantages in working with my own image, because it belongs to you and you know exactly which way you have to direct it in order to get the desired result. It is a natural way of self-awareness, acceptance, and inner evolution as a person. The downs may consist in the battle that you undertake with yourself, because you tend to be ultra pretentious and concerned with the way you succeed to transfer the initial form to the viewer, but I guess that happens for different approaches and styles in photography.
Is there an artwork you are most proud of?
My photos are series containing several sequences on the same theme. When I edit ‘selfies’, then each creation has its uniqueness. I love each of the series (selfshots) created especially right after I photograph them and during the process of editing. Then each photo is deemed to become a substitute, replaced by another idea that comes from the focusing on the upcoming frames. So, I think it’s more about the temporality of when a certain frame is done rather than having preferences, really.
How do you know when a work is finished?
One of the aspects that I mostly love when referring to mobile phone photography is exclusively directed to the editing process that allows you an infinite possibility to rebuild your original scene. Therefore I do not know for sure when a photo is ready but I can surely feel it, almost intuitively. Somehow I believe that the image can never be fully completed, and I can always come back on it with a different approach or optical perspective and that may be quite an advantage.
What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?
Being an instrument of creation and inspiration, photography must not follow fixed rules or dogmas others than those belonging to the photographer’s visions. Whenever I switch to a new image, the process differs from the previous one because it brings another hypostasis, it emphasises upon a different situation and a different context, so it means the continuous change and alternation in terms of the applications used and the rhythm in which the final image is being completed. I want to keep the image at my own insight and a routine that only relates with my inner state rather than something predetermined and inserted into a fixed scheme, I haven’t yet discover whatsoever. So, photography seen as an inner tool to inner revelation and self-enlightenment is the very basic pattern.
What inspires you?
For me inspiration is the major equivalent brought by the ‘moment’ and the perfect substitute for time itself. The mystery of every passing instant, fading away into another moment only to be replaced by the infinite row of such moments is what can be regarded as inspiration –such a great word for me J – inside my photography. Basically, my image connects with the concept of time and becomes a ‘space’ of its own through the ‘movement’ I encrypt within the frame.
What are your favorite tools and apps while creating?
Over time I have experimented several applications that address to mobile phone photography but I have stopped over some which I always come back to in editing my own photos such as : Snapseed which is an important tool to fixing light, shadow and creating contrasts or the basic , primal atmosphere. Then I love motion and blur in PicsArt and Pixelmator. The texture and multiple layers aspect is mastered through Stackables and Mextures or even Repix and I have recently discovered the basic of iColorama and I simply love it . I have also processed going through Lightroom. BlendPic or Enlight in the past.
What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative?
To stay as true to myself as I have been regarding my artistic expression. I usually don’t take advice as something I must obey to or follow immediately, I just listen to them and if they happen to suit me then I go filtering them and reinterpret it all into my own way of being the multiple ‘persona’ I am.
What advice would you share with us?
To enjoy doing what you do and to fulfil your heart with patience and a kind of wisdom that is only favorable to yourself in order to help you evolve and gain a certain mood of ‘detachment’ from whichever facts and different issues may cause disturbances, at times.
Thank you very much for your thoughts and time.
Thank you all for being such good ‘listeners’ , dear gifted, good hearted fellows of my beloved community. Love and good motivating vibes!!!
I have been seen through the eyes of Eliza Badoiu!
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