Serni (Cristina Corduneanu)
Website & places you can find my work online
My website: www.cristinacorduneanu.com
Red Bubble: serni
Fotografie.nl: Christina Corduneanu Fotografie
National Geographic: Christina’s Profile
Facebook: Christina Corduneanu
Where I am
In Europe, the Netherlands, a region called Twente, near the border with Germany. Lucky me, here is the land of horses, there are a lot of horse breeders.
Tell us a little about you, what is your background & where do you come from?
I am Romanian by origin. I live in the land of tulips and wooden shoes for more than 5 years now. My background is a technical one, I am an engineer but I did a lot of things in my life, from computer sales to organizing jazz festivals or teaching at the university.
The last years I am only into photography – horses especially.
When did you take your first picture?
I think I was 15 or 16, I was with my friends somewhere in the mountains. It was snow, I had an old Lomo and I have a wonderful set of photos from that holiday.
What kind of camera do you use?
Nikon D50, dreaming of a Nikon D700.
If you could pick any camera (regardless of price) what would it be?
Hasselblad H3DII-50. I am old fashioned but I like technology too. Old horses, new tricks, these Hasselblad guys..
Who are your main influences?
What made you first start photographing horses?
I consider them perfect in their beauty and naturaleness.
The connection I have with horses, it’s difficult to explain, it never happend before in my life. I have such a strong feeling of happiness while photographing horses or just being around them. They feel it and they “speak” to me.
Your favorite horse breed?
Friesians, the fairy tale horses. Once you see them in the mist, black as the night, running free with the hair in the wind, so strong and so delicate in the same time, you are mesmerized for life.
Where were you the most inspired, but without a camera?
When I was a child and my grandfather took me and my brother for a surprise trip on one of the 7 hills that surround my home city, only to discover that he has been building a kite from paper and wood (old times, before the plastic arrived on Earth..) with a red bows tale, and then we made it fly.
I was 6 and had no camera but I luckily have a photographic memory so I could never forget it.
What effect do you think the Internet will have on art and photography in general?
Difficult to say but I believe that art will become more and more digital, there will be so many more different ways of expressing yourself than the traditional ones.
Has it had an effect on yours?
Yes, definitely, I re-discovered photography. I always loved it but I had no patience for the dark room.
Digital photography was my “salvation”.
Which one is your personal favorite image?
I do not have only one favorite, I have zillions of them, I even have my own group on Flickr where I collect them: Serni’s Adventures in Flickrland.
One of my all time favorites is Bohemian Rendez-vous by Nicolas Monnot. It has such an air of mystery, with the rider in the mist, completely covered, waiting patiently, watching the lights of the car in the distance. You can think of it also as horse versus machine, natural versus artificial. Impressive, in many ways.
What else are you passionate about?
You mean besides photography and horses, lol?
I am passionate about forest and everything that is natural. I miss the forest of my childhood, where you were afraid that you might meet the bear.
(Nowadays is just a guy with camera showing up from the bushes were he was testing his new macro lens on a bumblebee). The air was clean and fresh and the sounds of the people/city were so far away that you could hear the sounds of your own heart beating. Oh, and the sky was full of stars.
More to Come
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