My name is Catalin SORESCU and I was born back in 1973. My long-term romance with the photo cameras started around 1984 (24 years ago) when I saw a mysterious black box on a store shelf. As a curious boy I was intrigued by that little box that was capable to capture snapshots of the world. Very “surprisingly” I got one of them as a gift from my parents, at my next birthday. The camera, a Smena 8 (russian production) didn’t last very long. I disassembled it in pieces to see what’s inside of it. All I can say is that, after re-assembling, not all parts were fitted inside well :).
The next camera was, again, a Smena 8. This one survived for some years but, finally, stopped working. After that, I got Zorky 4 (also russian camera) from an uncle that used to be a photographer. This camera was, indeed, a very nice one. A big upgrade from the Smena toy. I used this camera for years and it’s still working today, despite the fact that it was built in the ’60s.
After Zorky, a countless number of cameras stepped trough my hands. Among them, a Zenit, a Zenit TTL (my first TTL camera), a Canon AE1, a Minolta XGM, a Canon AE1-Programm, a Minolta X300, a Praktika, a Pentacon Six, A Canon T70, a Canon T90 (the most “professional” camera I ever owned, equivalent to Canon EOS 1DS series), a Minolta Dinax7, a Canon EOS 30, a Canon EOS 300D, a Nikon D50. I still own some of these cameras and some other, older ones.
As a passionate photographer, it was hard for me when I realized that photographic art is an elusive target form me. First of all, to be an artist in photography, you must be an artist in every other aspect. I was only a curious person, trying to understand things, more like an engineer than an artist. To a point, I can compensate the lack of artistry by technique but, only to a point. So, after more than 20 years of capturing images I still am an amator photographer trying to learn more.
Some pictures I made over time (some of them on film):