Interview: Photographer Radu Sorin Sava (Romania)
Can you tell us a little about you?
I consider myself a corporate employee by day, muse photographer by night. Working in the banking system pays the bills and allows me to do my magic. I also do weddings and other type of events to properly afford all of my projects. Other than that, I’m funny, full of imagination, I hate stereotypes and cliches to the point where for me it matters more to be different than anything else.
How and when did you get into photography?
I actually got into photography by accident. I always loved taking pictures, but I never really new how to properly do it. At one point, I got to a nude art gallery by mistake, I fell in love with what I saw and the coordinator of that exposition invited me to a nude workshop. I had a pocket camera so I said why not. I took some decent pictures for my first time and I loved it. More workshops came along, more practice, better camera. Now… I can’t imagine my life without doing this.
What does photography mean to you?
It means everything. From a “me time” moment, to therapy, to relaxation, to artistic manifestation. It is who I am and what defines me.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I am not really sure how to properly describe my style. It is a combination between fine art nude, some urbex and some boudoir. Usually, I try to tell a story. To have my model in a context where she is the final piece of the puzzle.
Where do you get inspiration from?
From wherever I can. From songs, from nature, from other photographers. Sometimes models and people inspire me. I look at them and I just know what I want to do with them.
Do you think in advance what you want in the picture?
I think in advance the general idea of the shooting, but I don’t micromanage all details.
Studio, on location or both?
Actually more outdoors if possible. Not a big fan of studio shooting, but it does have it’s magic.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
I consider myself a paid hobbyist when it comes to fine art.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
One of the sessions I did in an abandoned mansion. The floor was filled with holes and each step could have been the last. It was scary and exciting at the same time.
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
Definitely a Canon fan. My favourite lens by far is the 35mm F1.4 which I use on more than 80% of my shootings. Followed by the 85mm F1.4
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
I would advise them to be humble, to find a proper mentor where they can learn a lot and then go wild. Try new things, experiment ideas and concepts and to be brave.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I can’t wait to be a part of it.