mircea_struteanu

You can write me at mircea@struteanu.com or call +40 0723 131 679

About me

For me photography means sometimes taking portraits of people. Once, I visited the home of a famous writer. He was an old, kind person, very sociable, with piercing eyes, who expressed more stories for me, than all his books. He told me how most of his writing ideas come to him, he told me that we collected old radios, and that he had almost 20, every one of them being set on a different post, so that all he had to do is just turn it on, never changing the frequency. He smoked a lot, and while he was talking, he use to move his eyes through the room, as if he was searching for delicate corridors within the smoke, subtle gentile paths, through the milky vapor, where he moved freely with his vivid eyes and his playful words. I felt like he was trying to reach something inside me, much like I try, when preparing for a portrait. He told me he felt how life was fading away from him but he was at peace with that. He passed away in 2 months. (His portrait in ROMANIAN WRITERS)

Sometimes it means traveling great distances, discovering new worlds, civilizations and cultures. Once I stayed for a few days in a very small hill tribe village, deep inside the jungle, where nobody spoke any foreign language, having no guide or translator. A generous family who lived in a small, suspended, bamboo hut hosted and fed me and they were patient enough to endure also my camera. The head of the family (the oldest man) was in some kind of bone or joint pain, which, in the last night, became unbearable for him so he couldn’t sleep. So all his family took part in a ritual with incantations and opium smoking, meant to relief him. I knew when my camera was too much, and left it aside. It felt so great for me to being able to give them my anti-inflammatory cream. (Pictures from the villages in WORLD SCENES)

Sometimes it means expanding my organic matter until the skin turns into bark. I spend a lot of time in the forest. I like to understand and to feel. Once I climbed a huge beech tree and moved from branch to branch, filed with enthusiasm, shooting, from different angles, every single form, shape and expression of that fascinating construction. Everything felt amazing and I sensed that I was supposed to be there and I was granted this special honor. A huge storm was rapidly heading my way and lightning became more and more frequent. Thunders followed almost instantly, so I had to climb down. Looking at my watch, I realized that 3 hours passed while I had been up in the tree, feeling no hunger, thirst or fatigue. Nothing but pure joy. From time to time I feel the need of revisiting the tree, but I’ve never felt that thrill ever since. Maybe it was something in the storm (Photos from the forests in FOREST FAMILIES)

Sometimes it means earning my living dedicating myself to shooting WEDDINGS and other personal – commercial series while enjoying interacting with people, sharing their happiness and emotions and contributing to their joy.

I live and work in Bucharest, though I often travel great distances.

Exhibitions

Missing Home

• Night of the Houses, Plantelor, Bucharest, 2015

Rosia - Rusted Gold

• Street Delivery / Train Delivery Festival 2013, Bucharest

• Plantelor, 2015, Bucharest

Romanian Writers

• Prague International Book Fair, Prague, Czech Republic, 2012

• Torino International Book Fair, illustration of Romania's stand, Torino, Italy, 2012

• Outdoor Gallery in Copou Park, "Mihai Ursachi" House of Culture, Iasi, Romania, 2012

• Torino International Book Fair, illustration of Romania's stand and illustration of buses and tramways in the city, Torino, Italy, 2011

• Romanian Cultural Institute, Bucharest, Romania, 2011

Street Harassment

• Street Delivery Festival 2012, Bucharest, Romania

Where Are You Aral Sea?

• Csíki Székely Museum, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, 2011

• National Museum of Ethnology, Bucharest, Romania, 2011

• Secret City Festival, Bucharest, Romania, 2010

Wide World (Lumea Larga)

• "Mihai Ursachi" House of Culture, Iasi, Romania 2010

• Wide World, Asia - Triade Gallery, Timisoara, Romania, 2010

• National Museum of Ethnology, Bucharest, Romania, 2009

Books


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117 Romanian Writers

Publisher: Publica

Romanian/English

  • 256 pages, hardcover, 22,5 x 28 cm
  • Limited edition of 450 copies
  • Released April 2013
  • ISBN: 978-606-8360-23-2

This book is the result of a 2 years project, which led to a series of unconventional portraits and landscapes with people. Most of the times the frames were chose randomly and it felt rather as if they have chosen me instead of the opposite. I wanted to discover what was offering every particular moment, what kind of energy was each person transmitting and how could we interact. The images in this book are the result of this triangle.



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Divan

A project of Josef Trattner

Publisher: Schlebrügge

German/English/Romanian

  • 250 pages, softcover, 21 x 28 cm
  • 2500 copies
  • Presentation: Wien Secession, March 2013
  • ISBN 978-3-902833-32-7

Distributed in Austria, Romania, Germania, UK, USA, Canada.
With contributions by Daniel Vighi, Ruxandra Cesereanu, Filip Florian, Varujan Vosganian, Carmen Puchianu, Szabó Róbert Csaba, Radu Vancu, Mircea Dinescu, Florin Lăzărescu.


Workshops

My photographical specialization varies from portraiture, street photography, photo reportage and storytelling, to wedding and special events, street fashion and nude photography.

One to one classes – Include improving your photography skills through a series of 2h meetings when you will experience taking pictures in complex situations, varying for every student and his needs and likes. Taking photo assignments and receiving constructive feedback upon your work. Special attention will be paid to practical aspects and we will spend a lot of time shooting, though technical and theoretical aspects will also be covered.

Structure and content will be determined by each participant’s particular objectives and abilities, so feel free to contact me for details such as pricing, duration and planning.

Group (workshops) – Various services are available for groups, details available upon request.