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about this project . ^ top | *
TRIBUTE TO MY PLACES / inspired by true nature / THE URBAUM PROJECT . DAN FLORIN SPATARU

Urbaum means ‘the ancient tree, the great-tree’. By accident or not, in New Zeeland I had the chance to touch a 'being' of 2000 years old, Tāne Mahuta, a majestic kauri tree from the Northland.

My name is Dan Florin Spataru. I graduated in 2002 from the Faculty of Arts, Department of Graphics, part of the The West University of Timisoara, Romania. Graphics and painting, however, had been my continuous interests even before 1995, when I was admitted to university. After graduation and up until now I have been working in advertising, in various specialised roles.

"Tribute To My Places" is a personal project that I started many years ago, in Romania, and continued later, after I arrived in New Zealand. This is a continuously developing and expanding project.

In the beginning I took photos in order to take notes, like in a scrape book of sketches and observations, with the view to develop further, adjacent projects. Over time I realised that the amount of sketches and observations had become too big and that all these could shape up in their own right as they were already telling their own, unique story.

Sometimes I perceive photography (as a tool) as a hindrance, as a lamentable limitation full of caprices and weaknesses, which is dependent only on light and not on sound, fragrance, height, wind, etc, etc. Still, I continue to take photos as I cannot scan or uproot pieces of nature in order to multiply them. That is why, although the images are captured by means of photographic tools, I do not consider them real photos as such.

There is no rigorous organisation, themes, or styles in which I display the images on my website, there is only the topic that fills up my entire life: Nature.

This project is to me like a process of self-taming (in an esthetical sense) in front of nature, which is freed as much as possible of the subjective filter of expressive human emotions… solely trees, solely hills, solely grass, solely mountains, waves or just a cloud.

If someone who looks at one of my images sees only the tree, or the mountain, the rock, or the cloud (and not the compositions, the photographic technique or the processing), then my aim has been reached.

I have decided - despite the risks carried by such a decision - to display my works on this website in very high resolution. Each image contains a potential of compositions. Places that hide other places, separated solely by the visual scale. It rests with the viewer how they decide to compose the frame, according to their own personal disposition or curiosity. Although the images have a high resolution, my subject is not ‘the big picture’. The zoom-in function enables proximity and not detachment from nature’s matrix. Often ‘the big picture’ proves to be ‘too big a picture’ placing us too far away from it.


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© 2009 Photography: Dan Florin Spataru All rights reserved. Except for the purpose of fair reviewing, no part may be reproduced or stored or transmitted in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of the author.