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Interview: Photographer Paul Adrian Chis (Romania)

Can you tell us a little about you?

My name is Paul Adrian Chis, I was born in Timisoara and I always wanted to become an artist and I prepared for this since I was a kid, copiing my father’s paintings and the studiing at University of Arts and Design Timisoara.

How and when did you get into photography?

In 2002, after graduation, having all the ingredients, artistically speaking, I founded my own advertising company. This is how I started to practice the photography. I’ve started to work on film. It”s been 20 years since I’ve started and the beginning came from product photography.

What does photography mean to you?

It’s obvious we are talking about art. For me, the camera it is a different kind of paint brush and the image is a painting and in thefinal part of the process I complete with the editing part. The photography doesn’t mean only “Click” on a button. It’s a image that needs preparing, sketching in your mind, just like a painter. The result , after printing has to bring up the room.

My style is ecletic and my inspiration are few artistic trends : Baroc, Rococo and Renaissance in portret and stil life. Photography takes time , passion and a little talent. You have to have them all. I recommend to those who want to practice photography to study drawing, therefore they will understand light and composition.

Also phtography doesn’t mean the ultimate camera. I consider that the most important is the person behind the camera and what he wants to say thru the image. In photography , as in painting , the reality can be idealized. I didn’t shoot yet the photography of my life, wich means I’am in continuous quest for the next image. I try to overcome with every new theme I work. The subject is very vast.

Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.

As I said before , my style is eclectic, well defined in portrait. I work a lot after shooting , editing . I love how the image transforms itself . I try to transform it in a work of art, that’s why I consider myself a visual artist, not a photographer.

I don’t have the best or the ultimate camera , but with passion and understanding the process, the result can be remarcable.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Inspiration comes from all I’ve read, seen, felt, loved and all that I’ve immagined. And also the inspiration is in your tip of the pencil.

Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?

Yes. Usualy my projects begin with sketches and written ideas. I think in detail lights, angles, poses, chromatics.

Studio, on location or both?

Both ….

Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?

It’s full time job.

Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?

Nikon…only Nikon, from the first time.

What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?

If you want to make art, there is no rule…but if you want to respect the rules you need to know them!

What do you think of our new magazine?

It is interesting and I applaud the fact that you adress to photographers all over the world, you are doing a great job and I wish you all the best.

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