May 1st 2015
I have been looking for quite some time now for a way to shoot (freudian slip?) my good friends, in portraits that would do them justice, in portraits that would represent them. Early this year I have travelled to Marseille in order to meet my good friend Dana Bunescu, who is an acclaimed Romanian film editor. She and I are close, despite the fact we live countries apart now. At some point in our past life Dana was kind enough to shelter me into her house for a couple of rough years. Thus our friendship became even stronger.
In Marseille Dana was attending a Romanian Film Festival, where she was speaking publicly about several films that she edited in the so called "Romanian Wave" in Cinema.
She was residing in this small beautiful hotel in centre of Marseille, which was built to resemble a Moroccan ryad. In this hotel I've found the perfect light set to shoot a picture of Dana. Our love for Morocco is big, and I knew instantly it was the right place. Needless to say I was hunting for this moment and for this place for years, Dana not being the easiest person to photograph in this world, as she hates being photographed! But she agreed, especially because of this magic light that enveloped that room at night, from the street. Only street lamps on, which richly reminded us of Casablanca, where the streetlights bare the same colour.
Time travel, magic, call it what you want, but it was January 2015, in Marseille where I took a portrait of my dear friend Dana.
The picture will go into my Portraits gallery, very proudly so.