The ongoing contemporary debate about photography as an art
form raises interesting questions about the status of photography.
For artist photographers the medium of photography is indubitably
a modern art form which deals with all aspects of life. My
main interest in this debate is crystallised in two ways:
theoretically through my philosophical enquiries into the
Aesthetics of Photography and practically through my own work,
especially my abstract photography.
Because a photograph needs to be “a photograph of something”,
photography as an artistic process seems to be predetermined
by the existence of a particular real subject. Sometimes I
accept this predetermination and try to capture the magic
of mundane urban scenes, but at other times I choose to rebel
and create images where the real subject is not recognisable
and appears to have a new existence.
Most of my work is film based photography in an attempt to
resist the digital ubiquity. Because of this rebellion my
recent images seem to evade a clear categorisation. I play
with inversed perspective, I avoid reference points by using
close ups and I use the natural light in a particular way.
poetry book (published by Editura Dealul Melcilor, Brasov,
Romania in 2007) with photographs by Roxana Tohaneanu-Shields.