Inspiracles Interview: Cristina Mihalache
Today we present you the work of Cristina Mihalache in our interview, who shows some of the photos she took while she traveling around the world as a digital nomad, photographer, and content creator.
Please introduce yourself in a few sentences
I’m Cristina, originally from Romania but in the past 12 years, I’ve lived in several countries (England, Belgium, Luxembourg) as well as traveled extensively in South America, Europe, and a bit of Asia & Africa. I’m a lover of all things beautiful so, besides photography, I do graphic design, and I’m currently learning UX design.
When did you take your first photo, and what was it?
It was around 3 years ago in Japan. I had just purchased the old camera of my boyfriend (also a photographer) and the first photos were of Tokyo. Unfortunately, I lost all the photos I took in Japan so I can’t really assess how bad I was at the time :).
Where do you get your inspiration for new photos or photo projects from?
I’m very sensitive to aesthetics so anything related to art, beauty, fashion, and architecture inspires me. Also, as I travel a lot, new places bring me new inspiration. I love museums, but also just walking around in a new city and observing people, buildings, etc. I’ve had a few experiences with people stopping to see what I’m taking a picture of because all they see is a simple wall. Sometimes they just stand there waiting for me to take the photo and then ask what I see. Well, what I see is beauty. Sounds cliche but it’s true.
How important is technology to you when taking photos?
I guess I couldn’t do what I do without it. Not just because of the technology per se, but the experience provided. I use Fujifilm and everything about it from the design, weight, ease of use, just makes taking photos a pleasure. Then there’s the editing part. Although I try to get the result I want straight from the camera (the quality of the Fujifilm Jpeg files is insane), I do play a bit in editing and so it’s quite important to have good software.
Which of your pictures or series moves you? And why? Will you show us
I love details so I take a lot of photos of small elements I see like a drawing on a wall, or shade creating beautiful shapes, or rays of light completely changing a scene that would otherwise be considered mundane. I guess I like the simplicity of it which is also a reason why a lot of my photos are quite minimalist.
Can you learn (photographic) creativity?
Hmm, I think you can learn to take photos but you need to look for inspiration in order to be creative. So it’s more like discovering your creativity than learning it if that makes sense 🙂
If someone asks you how they can make “better” pictures, what advice do you have for him or her?
Practice is key. The more you practice, the better you will get. The funny thing is that you might not even notice when you have improved, you’ll just look over your photos one day and think: “Did I take them?”. So I would say to keep at it, don’t expect results overnight, and very importantly, keep learning. Read about techniques, get some photo books and analyze them, maybe get in touch with established photographers and try to get firsthand insights.
“You have a great camera! Are you bringing them to our wedding? ”Your answer?
No :). I photographed a few weddings and it’s not really a match for me. I prefer “slow photography”, taking the time to create and not having to rush to catch the cake being cut, or things like that.
One Word – One Thought
Social Media – Fun
Megapixel – Don’t know them
Inspiration – The world 🙂
HDR – Nothing
Photoshop – Brilliant
Analog – Meaningful
Thank you very much for your time and the interview!