Memory lane: Danu, the photographer…


Ioana si pisicile

Photography has been, for me, a fascinating activity. Even if now I used it more to reproduce my paintings or to “freeze” good subjects for drawing and painting… Back, in Romania, I used it to “freeze” images of my family. Sometimes, these images are all I still have… children are grown up, the nest is empty and the memory lane slipery and dangerous…

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Doru si luci de profil

La photographie a été une activité fascinante pour moi. Aujourd`hui je l’utilise surtout pour réproduire mes peintures ou pour ‘fixer’ des bonnes sujets pour mes dessins et peintures. Dans le temps, en Roumanie, je l’utilisait pour ‘fixer’ les images de ma famille. Souvent, ces images-là sont la seule chose qu’il me reste… les enfants ont grandi, le nid est vide et la route de la mémoire est dangereuse…

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Luci si Ioana

Fotografia a fost, pentru mine, o activitate fascinanta. Desi azi o folosesc mai mult ca sa-mi reproduc lucrarile si ca sa “fixez” imagini bune de desenat si pictat. Pe vremuri, in Romania, o foloseam ca sa imortalizez imaginile familiei mele. Deseori, acestea sunt tot ce mi-a mai ramas… copiii au crescut, cuibul e gol iar cararea memoriei alunecoasa si periculoasa…

Lucian

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13 responses to “Memory lane: Danu, the photographer…

  1. mihail medrea

    ce copii frumosi !

  2. ovidiu stanomir

    Dane, m-au impresionat f. mult aceste imagini. Pe cind Luci si Doru erau copii, noi aveam cam cu 20 de ani mai putin. Viata era grea, dar noi nu stiam CIT DE GREU ERA IN ROMANIA DE ATUNCI, asa cum o stim acum.

    “Dar, insa, totushi”, eram tineri si, desigur, luam lucrurile mult mai usor.

    O tempora !

  3. Mersi, Ovidiu. Da, cand esti tanar (sau macar cand nu esti inca batran) totul e mai usor chiar cand e greu… Copii frumosi, nu zic nu! iar imaginile astea sunt cam tot ce a ramas din vremurile acelea…
    Nu pot decat sa adaug, O mores! ca sa fie citatul complet…

  4. Hi again, Danu…
    Beautiful B&W photos, adn what a wonderful sentence about the road of memory…
    I started my artistic career with photography too… i remember, I was about 25 years old, I was a student, very depressed, and I suddenly decided to take all my money from the bank and to buy me a photo camera… I really spent all my money on it! A kind of finacial suicide, but mon Dieu, I enjoyed it so much and never regretted it!

  5. I suppose I’m still hooked by photography…not as much as before, but still…and I did almost like you: I spent 2 months salary on a Praktica (an east Germany camera, the best you could get in communist romania…) and photography was, for me also, a great joy…I did all by myself, often in very improvised condition (j’ai fixé mes photos avec du mauvais vin, du pichet?…) This summer I scanned all my B&W negatives… a whole life…

  6. Me too, Danu, I still love photography! My first camera was a Canon (the best Canon thay had at that time on the market!) I still have it, but I am not sure if it still works, I never used it again since I have digital cameras… what a betrayal!!!!
    Many years later, I had an old, German friend, who had been professional animal photographer, and he had still a Dunkelkammer at home… he taught me a little bit about the art of developping B&W negatives, I loved it so much, it was kind of magic, following the slow apparition of the photographed elements on the paper… and I loved the work in the Dunkelkammer, and the red light outside, it was so romantic and mysterious!
    I would be happy to see from time to time more of your photos…

  7. After the “revolution” (1989) I could buy a Canon AE 1 and then here, in Quebec, I’ve had a Canon Rebel. Good cameras! I also used Minolta Maxxam (very good) Now I have an Olympus digital… But I still fondly remember my improvised darkrooms and my Russian and Est German cameras…
    And, of course, I will show some more photos…

  8. Beautiful. I can’t wait to see more.

  9. Funny, Danu. My first Canon was a Canon A1, but 2 years later I bought a Canon AE1 too (and spent again all my resaved money on it!!!), because I needed a second camera, with a B&W film in it! The AE1 was fantastic too!
    I have now a Nikon Digital.

  10. In a while, I’ll show some more, moonbeam. I try to alternate, to vary the content…following my moods also…

  11. I would love to see some of your old (or new) photos, miki…

  12. Beautifull candid portraits ! Congatulations,

    Didier

  13. Thanks, Didier! Considering your name, I suppose you have Romanian roots … At first, as an Immigrant, my Romanian roots counted for something… I<m not ashamed of them (finally, Brancusi & Eliade & Ionesco & cioran are Romanians…) but now Romania (the actual country of the present) fades away… Only Nostalghia & some memories still there…

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