One of the great pleasures about having a purely creative session is that it affords me (the photographer) the ability to experiment. Without experimentation there is no discovery and without discovery there is no growth. When you get to meet and photograph another creative soul, the sessions can be intoxicating. One such soul is the wonderful Andrea Nechita.
Andrea Nechita is an abstract expressionist and fantasy artist currently living in Ontario, Canada.
With a passion for art and history, she received a Bachelor of Arts Honors in Art History from McMaster University, a Masters degree in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, and an additional Masters degree in Library and Information Studies specializing in Archiving from McGill University.
During her high school years, Andrea began to experiment with painting, making small replicas of surrealist works from artists such as Henry Fuseli, Giorgio De Chirico, Salvador Dali, and Victor Brauner. In her undergraduate years, she began using more traditional mediums such as oil paint and acrylic on canvas, and taught herself various painting techniques.
Throughout the last decade, the focus of her visual art has shifted to the abstract. With influence from Jackson Pollock, a master of action painting, Andrea has created her own unique abstract style. Her more recent works feature portraits of alien and fantasy creatures, brought into existence through minimalist styles, as well as cosmic-like “space-scapes.” These are created through a mixture of non-traditional media and experimental techniques.
“Creation is my outlet. My art production began in high school for my own personal enjoyment. In university, it soon turned into my main therapeutic outlet, alongside writing. Art was the path I took to temporarily escape from the pressures of academic performance. I have always had very high standards for myself and my work. My expectations placed a great strain on me over the course of my university learning. Looking back now, I see that it was within this great flood of learning, and turmoil, that I truly found myself and my unique style.”
We’ve worked together on many sessions. It generally starts with a quick exchange of emails, “hey how about we do this…”, followed by an exchange of inspirational material which is then followed by an exchange of calendar dates and times and finally the session is booked in and we start our prep work (sometimes we need props, Andrea likes to do more research, I like to start playing with the lights to see what kind of mood it creates etc.). The sessions themselves can be long but are never boring – often a mix of concrete ideas and fundamentally flawed thoughts. By the time we’ve finished we’ve probably shot close to 5 or 6 different concepts over 4-5 hours and somewhere close to 300 frames. As I know Andrea is a gifted artist, I let her have access to the unretouched files to see where she’ll take them. Our final exchange is that of completed images and promises to do it all over again when time and travel permits. In a creative session there are no yardsticks by which we measure success. Every image we like goes on to a public airing and even those that don’t make the grade afford us the opportunity to learn from our posing and lighting and that can only lead to bigger and better things for the both of us.
“Modeling is something I have always been interested in, even as a little girl. Over the past decade, modeling has become an extension of my artistic creativity. There is something very special about working with photographers, since they themselves are also artists in their own right.
Brhum and I have worked on several shoots together with a wide variety of themes ranging from classic portraiture to more edgy and experimental shots. I love to watch Brhum work his magic with lighting, backdrops, and camera setups. Just like any visual artist, he brings together composition, lighting, shadow, and colour to create a striking image.”