Project “Identities” by Tina Genovia Obreja & Luiza Boldeanu

© Tina Genovia Obreja & Luiza Boldeanu, Keepers of time
© Tina Genovia Obreja & Luiza Boldeanu, Keepers of time

This article was produced thanks to good mutual cooperation and infinite love for photography of the Serbia PHOTO Association and one of the best Romanian photo magazine Foto4All.


Also, special thanks to Mrs. Cristina TintaPhoto4All magazine Senior editor, artist of photography Mrs. Tina Genovia Obrevia and artist of photography Mrs. Luiza Boldeanu,  which allowed us the exclusive right to publish theirs incredibly rich and successful joint project in the field of photography entitled Identities”.


Biography: Tina Genovia Obreja

I have been working in a photo lab for almost 13 years now. I discovered my passion for photography around 11 years ago when I bought my first professional film camera, a Nikon F65. In 2005 I bought a Fuji S9500 and started going to workshops to learn more about photography. From workshop to workshop I met a lot of people, including Luiza, people from who I learned so many things.
I have tried many types of photography, but in the end I came to the conclusion that portrait photography is the closest to my heart, it is what best represents me.

Publications, awards and exhibitions:
-    2nd and 3rd place on national contest
-    Group exhibition “ Autumn at Voronet”, 31st edition, Gura Humorului, Romania, 2011
-    Photography Saloon “ Traveler in a world I still exist”, Gura Humorului, Romania, 2011
-    Group exhibition “Fotosinteza”, Gura Humorului, Romania, 2011
-    Personal exhibition „Grayscale to CMYK”, Barlad, Romania, 2011
-    Personal exhibition „Visual Variety Art”, Barlad, Romania, 2012, with the painter Lucian Bruma, as a special guest.

„Identities” Project publications, awards and exhibitions:
Awards:
-    3rd place on National Awards, Sony Photography Awards, 2014
Exhibitions:
-    Project exhibition  „Identities” , Barlad, Romania, 2014
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Brasov, Romania, 2014
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Bucharest, Romania, 2014
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Cluj Napoca, Romania, 2015
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Lyon, France, 2015
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Romanian Consulate in Lyon, France, 2015
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Paris, France, 2015

Publications:  Foto4all, Nikonisti.ro, MyPortraitHub.com, Professional Photography UK and Vogue Italia.

Tina’s Statement:

An enjoyable way to express your inner feelings is photography. Many times we are way more then we convey to the world and maybe, sometimes, we would like to show how we really are, without being judged at every step.

Identities was born with the idea of mirroring our personality as a single being, incorporating our experiences, our desires, our fears and our state of mind. Each image represents a part of us, and when I say us, I mean all of us, not just me and Luiza. Each of us looks at the images from our own perspective, experience, feelings and we retrieve our own moods and emotional state of mind.
Photography is a parallel world where I can be me, is my silence of mind that each of us feel the need to have it at some point. It is important to find the inspiration to represent what you think and feel. The photography style that we used in order to achieve this project, fine art and conceptual photography, was relatively new for us and I truly believe that the collaboration with Luiza gave birth to one of the most important project I have realized so far.

This project allowed us to know ourselves and each other, both of us being model, photographer and viewer at the same time.


Biography: Luiza Boldeanu

Luiza Boldeanu is 28 years old and she lives in Bucharest.
For me, photography means more than technique and composition because photography talks through light about emotions, about places, life, culture or people…

I always try to make pictures in which each viewer can find himself in a certain stage of life. I started photography in 2007 when I decided to capture the places where I was traveling. But travel photography was not enough so I started to challenge her with different projects. I travelled and pictured people and places from Romania, Nepal, Argentina, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand and many many others.

Publications, awards and exhibitions:
-    Personal exhibition “Through time”, Bucharest, Romania, 2011
-    Personal exhibition “ Emotions”, Brasov, Romania, 2013
-    Group exhibition FotoHaiku “Dance”, Bucharest, Romania, 2013
-    Group exhibition within International Festival of Film and Photo Slideshow called ” Autumn in Voroneţ” Gura Humorului, Romania, 2012/2013
-    Group exhibition “Imbold Nativ”, Bucharest, Romania 2013
-    Group exhibition “Versus dar impreuna”, Negresti-Oas, Romania 2013

Published work in National Geographic, Foto4all, Nikonistii.ro, MyPortraitHub.com, Professional Photography UK and Vogue Italia.

„Identities” Project publications, awards and exhibitions:
Awards:
-    3rd place on National Awards, Sony Photography Awards, 2014
Exhibitions:
-    Project exhibition  „Identities” , Barlad, Romania, 2014
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Brasov, Romania, 2014
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Bucharest, Romania, 2014
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Cluj Napoca, Romania, 2015
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Lyon, France, 2015
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Romanian Consulate in Lyon, France, 2015
-    Project exhibition  „Identities”, Paris, France, 2015

Publications:  Foto4all, Nikonisti.ro, MyPortraitHub.com, Professional Photography UK and Vogue Italia.

Luiza’s Statement:
I have tried almost all types of photography but none of them fascinates me enough as portraiture, being documentary, fine art or conceptual. We, as human being, are beautiful and that is reflected through our eyes, through our features, through our gesture.

It is stunning just to stay and observe, and then capture it and show it, in order to open the eyes of everybody towards the beauty that is around us. I started photography because this is the only way to express what I see, feel, think, to make public my inner being, my state of mind. And it is an unbelievable stunning feeling when you show your work and people find themselves in it, in that pictures, in that moment.
Identities, the project that Tina and me made is more than I could dream of. It allowed us to know each other and each self better and to convey certain moments and feelings that we once had.

Each image represents a part of me of her and of you. Even thou we see it in a different way, it is a reflection of a part of what we are.

Photography is my mirror and I love it.