Irina Iacob's pictures showcase a fascination with the human figure and urban settings. A tireless photographer of beautiful people, industrial backdrops and a combination between nature and decay, 26 year-old Irina currently resides in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where she studied Theatre and Television at Babes-Bolyai University's Faculty of Theatre. However, after graduating, her passion for photography took her in another direction. Her love of theatre has remained one of her chief interests though along with cinema, music and, of course, photography. She currently works in media monitoring, but earns money on the side as a wedding photographer. To find out more about Irina and what inspires her, we recommend reading her interview below.
Introducing Irina Iacob
Irina talked to us about her love of urbanism and the expressivity of the human body in a short interview:
How did you get into photography?
It started with a feeling of wonder, with the photo slides my father used to show me when I was a child. They were pictures he had taken during his travels as a student. I think that's when I got stuck on the idea that photography is irrevocably linked to travel and discovery, with movement, life and youth.
In the last few years, I've photographed a lot of theatre plays and dance shows. I was interested and inspired by the expressivity of human bodies engaged in dramatic representation, something that I felt trained my eye to better observe perspective and seize the right moment to push the button and take a picture. It's not just these more "mainstream" events such as concerts and theatre plays that inspire me, it's all kinds of situations in average locations that suddenly come alive because of small curiosities. These last I call miniature urban shows.
What type of camera do you use and what sort of post-processing software?
I use a Nikon D3100 camera and, for processing and small touches, Adobe Lightroom. I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 for more complex adjustments, although I still have a lot to learn about it.
Do you have any photographers and artists that you look up to?
I admire Jeff Wall for his carefully orchestrated frames, Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, Joel Meyerowitz…and the list can go on and on. From Romania, I follow the work of Dani Ionita, Mircea Struteanu, Claudiu Popescu.
Which photograph that you've taken are you most proud of and why?
I love the picture with the statue of Matei Corvin in Cluj-Napoca, titled "Taking care of the warriors" because the moment I captured it is very dear to me. I'm interested in improbable and curious situations in our everyday urban environment. I try to carefully immortalize them because I know how fragile they are. And if I manage to find some comical aspects in them, like in the case of this particular picture, well, all the better!
Considering how things are progressing in the way of colonizing Mars, I might get a chance of fulfilling my dream of photographing the Martian landscape. I'm kidding! I'd like to explore, camera in hand, more of the urban spaces on the fringe of society(industrial landscapes, refineries, abandoned factories etc).
What's your plan with photography from here on out?
I'm planning all kinds of photo projects, like one about fear that I've been working my way towards slowly but steadily. My plan's simple really, to continue to do what I do now, only better and more of it. That means investing in equipment, learning and exploring more.
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For her Windows 7 and Windows 8 theme, Irina has chosen some of her rare photographs of nature and ruins.
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