We would like to introduce you to an artist from Romania, who has a varied portfolio of photographic works at a very young age. In this article we would like you to meet Felicia Simion and enjoy some of her conceptual work, in the form of a downloadable theme for Windows 7.
Introducing Felicia Simion
We discovered young Felicia by chance and we sent her an email to see if she would be interested in being a guest in our series of interviews and downloads. We were happy to see her accept our invitation only a few minutes after we sent our message.
Without further ado, let’s begin the conversation and allow Felicia to share more about herself.
For starters, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am a 18-year-old living in the city of Craiova, in Romania. I’m in the third year of high school and I am planning to go to a college that offers photography and videography courses. I’ve been taking photos since I was 13 and I’ve always been self-taught, as I like discovering things by myself. I love to watch the world go through the lens of my camera and I imagine myself taking pictures for many years to come.
How did you start taking photos?
I fell in love with photography about five years ago, when I discovered a few artists on deviantART community. Their beautiful works convinced me to try it for myself. Since then, I keep telling myself I want to create great works of photography.
What are your favorite photographic themes? Why do you enjoy them so much?
I particularly enjoy taking photos of strangers - I find them rather intriguing. I wish I had some sort of invisible cape, so I could walk the streets and capture their expressions without being noticed. I believe beauty very much lies where you least expect to it to be or in places or people you don’t usually to pay attention to. Through my shots, I try to capture somehow this unexpected beauty I find in different places and people.
How much time do you spend post-processing pictures vs. taking them?
I usually spend 2 hours per photoshoot (around 300 pictures). The duration depends a lot on the number of outfits, ideas or locations involved in a session. As for the post-processing, it varies from 2 to 45 minutes, depending on the kind of tweaks I need to make to certain shots.
You also do photographic manipulations or collages, as some would name them. How do you get the ideas for them and the “materials" involved in creating them?
All the materials belong to me. I rarely happen to use stock found on the Internet, and if I do, it’s all mentioned in the description of that work. The ideas come spontaneously, while working in Adobe Photoshop; I usually tend to combine two elements (human and nature) and try to keep things as simple as possible.
What photographic gear and applications do you use?
I currently own a Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens and Canon EF 28-135mm lens. I sometimes use a film camera, too. As for the post-processing, Adobe Photoshop CS3 is my trusted buddy.
We noticed that you are a very active member in the DeviantART community. How come you are not on Flickr? What do you like most about DeviantART?
DeviantART is the first art community I encountered and where I’ve been posting my work from the very beginning. I keep using it in favor of other communities, due to the connection I’ve made with the people there. They determined me to keep uploading my works, talk with them, exchange ideas and feedback. That was invaluable in keeping my passion for photography alive.
You are only 18 and some would say that you are the start of your journey in life. What’s next? Would you like to share some of your short term ambitions and dreams?
It may not sound special but I just want to keep working as a photographer and improve my skills. It is what I love doing and it makes me happy. And maybe, some day, someone from National Geographic will discover my work and make me an offer that will take me on lots of trips around the world, taking great pictures. Just maybe! :)
Enjoy Felicia’s Work Through a Windows 7 Theme
Felicia shared with us some of her conceptual work, based on which we created this great Windows 7 theme.
The file can be downloaded from here.
COPYRIGHT: Felicia Simion. If you plan to use the pictures included in this theme for something other than your desktop backgrounds, you need written permission from their author.
Follow Felicia’s Work
I’m sure that after viewing the images included in this Windows 7 theme, you will want to see more of Felicia’s work. You can find her official portfolio here: Felicia Simion Photography. It includes some of her best work.
You can follow Felicia on her Facebook page and be up-to-date with her latest works.
We would like to thank Felicia for being so friendly and helpful. We really enjoyed working with her on this interview.