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Dorin Bofan is a professional photographer specializing in the field of nature and landscape photography. He co-authored the book “Why Photography?” and he organizes nature photo tours all across Europe. His photographs and articles have been published in National Geographic (RO), National Geographic Traveller (RO), Photo Magazine (RO), Foto-Video (RO), GDT Forum Naturfotografie (DE) and whytake.net
In 2012 I paused by my local river and everything changed. I’ve moved away from what many expect photographs to be: my images deconstruct the literal and reimagine the subjective, reflecting the curiosity that water has inspired in my practice. Water has been my conduit: it has sharpened my vision, given me permission to experiment and continues to introduce me to new ways of seeing.
Dorin Bofan describes himself as “a simple guy that dreams a bit too much”. He’s deeply in love with life and nature, and while things aren’t always straightforward, he seems to deal with much that comes his way with fortitude and in all probability a big smile. Over time, his interpretations of that which he sees are becoming more closely attuned with his vision of the world. Photography is important, but the experience of being out amid nature is even more so.
Can you tell me a little about your background and your early exposure to photography and/or the arts?
My mom bought me a small film camera when I was 13. Didn’t use back then and only picked up a digital camera 8 years later. It was my brother’s point and shoot. After that, I went to the States to work during college and that’s how I managed to buy my first dslr. Looking back at how I started photography, my family, without being connected to arts in any way, helped a lot. Maybe it was meant to be like this, maybe it was luck.
As for the arts, I wasn’t very keen on exploring this area when I was young. I liked it more to spend time outside in the woods, on the hills. Who knows, maybe the desire to do some kind of art related activity came from the direct exposure I had with nature. Being an introvert all my life and not knowing where my place was during high school and college paved a way to where I am now.