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10 Questions: Bob Sala

Meet Bob Sala. You might have come across his work - cinematic 60s-70s ambient stills that remind you of your mother’s childhood (or for some, your own). His (portrait) images go beyond making a fashion statement on a particular era; they tell a story of society and culture.

10 Questions: Vittore Buzzi

Milan based photojournalist Vittore Buzzi's photography is fuelled by the search to understand and accept reality - which translates into an exceptional eye for capturing moments and stories.

10 Questions: Meg Umberger

When you view Salem based Meg Umberger’s work, you can’t help but to feel the warmth, and the tingling feeling of her passion for creativity.

10 Questions: Alex James

Alex James' work brings drama and cinematic atmosphere into life - making ordinary moments and landscapes extraordinary.

10 Questions: Twyla Jones

Twyla Jones' work is both honest and surreal to me; it evokes emotions that hit you deep down and leave an imprint.

10 Questions: Darina Stoda

Darina Stoda was born in Estonia - a place of forests and rivers straight out of folklore, and has since lived for many years in Norfolk (UK) surrounded by large wild spaces and ocean. Even though I’ve never been to Norfolk or most parts of the UK, when I see Darina’s work, I can almost smell and feel the crisp air - her dreamy approach to incorporating nature in her story telling is inviting.


10 Questions: Jakub Fabijański

What is very inspiring is Jakub Fabijanski’s work, which brings a kind of dreamy cinematic take to photojournalism that you can’t help but to fall in love, along with the people in his photographs.

10 Questions: Don & Helen Bringas

Based in Spain, Don & Helen document weddings all over the world. Don & Helen’s work speaks humour, spontaneity and most importantly, the emotional connection to a moment captured in their frame forever.

10 Questions: Jesus Caballero

Portugal based photographer Jesus Caballero, traded in a career as a biologist for photography. Trained professionally in photojournalism (even mentored by a Magnum photographer), Jesus skillfully combines lifestyle with photojournalism to give wedding a fine art visual voice.

10 Questions: Susann and Yannic

Berlin based photographers Susann and Yannic created a food blog “KrautKopf” 2 years ago to share their love on making good food during the off Wedding season (Winter months) and have not looked back since.

10 Questions: Danelle Bohane

Auckland based New Zealand photographer, Danelle Bohane, started photography when her grandfather bought her a camera when she was still young. From there it has been a journey of discovery inspired by her love of people, art and connections.

10 Questions: Jessica Tremp

Australian photographer Jessica Tremp shoots Weddings to pay her bills whilst also being an accomplished fine art photographer. With no formal training in photography, Haunting, poetic and mesmerising - with a strong narration and fluid energy - Jessica’s work draws you in, hungry for clues; wanting more.

10 Questions: Thierry Joubert

French photographer Thierry Jourbert blends childlike openness, and philosophical ideas of trace and sign, with a skill for telling other people’s stories. Unafraid of dreaming big - Thierry’s work showcases his mastery of light and the depth of human emotions.

10 Questions: Junebug

For those in the wedding industry, Junebug Weddings is a familiar name. Based in SeattleJunebug was formed in 2006 and is now one of the leading international wedding blogs. In this special interview with Junebug Weddings, we reveal what it takes to be the world’s leading wedding resource, and where Junebug predicts the Wedding industry will be in 10 years’ time.

10 Questions: The Eagle Hunters with Sasha Leahovcenco

Sasha Leahovcenco’s passion for documentary photography is evident through his personal work. Sasha’s Eagle Hunter work provides a striking sense of what it must be like living in those amazing landscapes and harsh conditions, and you feel their pride in keeping with their long standing traditions. Come read our special 10+4 Questions interview.

10 Questions: Yoris Couegnoux

Yoris Couegnoux's work showcases great skill in capturing light, combined with sensitive narration. His work transports you to a cinema set, as if you were watching a modern interpretation of a classic film.

10 Questions: Lilli Waters

Melbourne based photographer Lilli Waters' photos are widely exhibited and published. Her practice draws inspiration from nature; there’s a rawness and openness centred around female themes, and strong narration that leaves you wanting more.

10 Questions: Sam Hurd

Sam Hurd is well known in the photographic industry for his ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’ techniques - and epic portraits series (of celebrities). Sam is not afraid to experiment. His works reflects a sense of experience, skills and maturity beyond his years yet it still has that freshness in it that is charismatically attractive.

10 Questions: Niki Boon

Niki Boon’s work marries fine art and photojournalism so delicately that the energy and spontaneity captured in her work transports you as if you had lived it yourself, viewing it now almost nostalgically. It’s a testament to what life should be when growing up.

10 Questions: Gary Lashmar

Gary Lashmar's work, commercial and personal, especially his street photography, is the proof of Gary’s passion in life, his unique point of view and approach to life - a style that he alone defines - and he shoots from his heart.

10 Questions: David Heidrich

David Heirdrich’s work reminds you of fairytale stories - art and emotion evoked by out-of-this world settings in ethereal light that David so perfectly and intricately captures.

10 Questions: Victor Hamke

When you look at Victor Hamke's work, you feel his sensitivity - his storytelling vision marries surrealism with documentary - a style so unique and poetic that it completely mesmerises you.

10 Questions: Clare Barker Wells

Clare Barker Wells' family and newborn work not only captures key moments but also the in-betweens artistically.

10 Questions: Cristina Venedict

Cristina Venedict's fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. 

10 Questions: Zalmy Berkowitz

Zalmy Berkowitz's artistic vision describes rhythm and movement amongst the chaos of life’s candid moments. His film work makes you fall in love with analog all over again.


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10 Questions: Cristina Venedict


Cristina Venedict’s fine art captured our eyes - it  not only showcases her skills as a photographer, but her imagination and creativity. Her work is painterly,  poetic and romantic. Based in Botosani, Romania, Cristina’s childhood plays an important part in influencing the way she sees, and the way she creates her photographs.  Her aim with her work is to invoke emotions and self discovery. And I think she has succeeded in communicating that. 

Cristina has won many awards for her fine art work and is an exhibiting and well published photographer.

1. What do making images mean to you?

What I’ve noticed about me is that I like photographs that say something. At first I was making photographs just for stock, so I could use them to create the images I wanted, in a way to express myself through them. For 5 years I used my camera only on auto. Being surrounded by things that inspired and helped me create my own world was the only thing that interested me. But when my son was born, the camera itself started to catch my attention more and more. I wanted to let go of my imaginary world and spend more time with my camera and take wonderful shots without too much intervention afterwards. Now, the most important thing is for my photographs to make you feel something when you look at it. I think is wonderful to capture chapters of life through the camera.

2. What is life to you? What it should be?

Life means love!


3. Where did you grow up and how did that play a part in your photography?

I grew up in a city from Romania called Botosani. It is the city I moved in after I graduated from university and the city I live in now. I had a beautiful childhood; I played a lot, I was surrounded by beautiful people and was taught by my parents to see the beauty in everything. I have a lot of beautiful memories from my childhood. My imagination and I didn’t have limits and I think this helped me a lot.

4. There are a lot of professions out there - why be a photographer?

I never dreamed nor thought I would be a photographer. I graduated from an art school and I studied psychology at University. But all my life I was fascinated by people. I love people and I could spend hours looking at them and observing their gestures, things that only they have. I even make up my own impression about them just for the fun of it.

After I graduated from university I practiced for a while as a psychologist. During that time I was very upset because I felt I was not doing something that represents me. I felt I wasn’t true to myself. I know that during that time, all I wanted was to do something I loved. And when you want something from the bottom of your heart, the Universe will show you a way. I remember one day I was chatting online with a friend and she showed me a picture taken by her  brother. When I saw it I smiled and thought to myself that I could do better and I felt that that was  what I want to do: photography.

Then I started to create my own world and express myself through the images I created. It was like I was making for myself a universe made of dreams. It was a new wonderful feeling, I felt at peace with myself, I felt happy. With the help of my camera I went from the surreal area to the real (and real stories) one.

5. What is your favourite non-photography pass time?

To hang out with my friends, listen to music, play with Sasha, my little boy. But, still, everything gravitates around photography.

6. What movie did you love recently?

I recently re-watched “Solaris” (1972) a movie by Andrey Tarkovsky. I even made a photograph inspired by this movie :) And from the more recent ones, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” by Wes Anderson is a wonderful movie.

Image created inspired by the movie,  Solaris  (1972)

Image created inspired by the movie, Solaris (1972)

7. Are you working on any projects at the moment you can tell us about?

Where I live in Botosani city, there is a Community of Lipovan Russians - Christians of ancient rite. I visit their church and document their rituals. It is an ongoing project that I’m working on at the moment.

More of Cristina's Lipovan project can be seen on her facebook.

To maintain my passion I like to use different styles. I don’t settle down with one specific style. I have periods when I shoot only portraits, other times I love couple or family sessions and sometimes I like to escape in a world of dream and create something magical. I like this about me (that I don’t have a specific style), this makes me happy and keeps my passion for photography alive and growing. Even I don’t know what to expect from me. I want to work on projects that represent me and make me discover parts of me that are hidden. I want to surprise myself!


8. Do you shoot with your left or right eye?

With my left eye :)


9. Who do you respect - in photography or elsewhere?

My parents and my husband. Because they encourage me to do anything with passion and follow my dreams. I think it’s important to have passion in whatever you do; it fills those around you.

I respect passion - for everything. When you put passion in what you do, everybody can feel it.

10. Where do you see yourself in 10 year’s time?

I hope that in 10 years I can speak about photography with the same passion I do now. I hope I’ll still be able to see around me images that fascinate me and say: It’s so wonderful that I can see this and I can share it with everybody through photographs. Magical moments!


Bonus Q: Do you think the gear you use affects the way you photograph? Why?

Yes. I mostly use digital camera. But I play a lot with the lens. I like the atmosphere of Lensbaby or Helios, the atmosphere is unique. But still the most important thing is to make photo with passion to convey some of you through it.


Cristina’s Field Notes:

My gear includes:

I create my own presets and apply them 85% of the time. When it gets to be too many images, I will use Alien Skin.

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