Written by Karolina Rybačiauskaitė
I’ve always been telling myself it is important to keep looking at things unfamiliar, undiscovered, perhaps distant, but not enough for you to loose connection with it, that unconscious cognitive connection. These images are attempts to register movement, more usual for the male eye, but created by a very feminine and subtle woman – Andreea Chiru. Through them I can feel Andreea’s curious style, the relationship with the object which sometimes fades, possibly because the object is so natural and so not new that it’s only the relationship that might be different.
Andreea Chiru is a young Romanian photographer of 23. In most interviews, she describes the way she discovered photography:
The first time I attempted nude photography was when I saw one of my best friends undress. It was in that moment when my friend changed her clothes that I realized the beauty of the female body.
Andreea’s nude photographs are shadow photographs. She is not afraid of shadows, nor of light, which sometimes blurs the images, melts their edges, lines, or corners. She finds various, sometimes still non-professional ways of highlighting what is important and beautiful.
Andreea Chiru mentions that a woman’s body, much like the images and photography in general, can be re-discovered for many times. The female body inspires one to reinterpret beauty, while photography is a similar way to keep internalizing the world, the environment, the self, anything.
Andreea’s photographs feature the wounded body as much as the tempting. I believe this duality permits for more meanings to be found in her images. Who is the woman, what is her tenderness, her beauty, next to what wounds, what sullies, what makes ripples in the water?
I find these wounded photographs most interesting. Looking at them, there is an odd and charming sensation that something horrendous has happened, but hardly anything betrays what it might have been and whether the sensation is true. These images hide more within themselves than photographs usually do. It even seems necessary for the photographer to reveal more of the secret, but then what good would the secret be?
The author is currently more interested in color photography rather than black and white. She is playing with feathers, flour, water, and wind. Her latest shots /entire series on related subject as well as the movement registered in them are less interesting to me as the movement seems unmotivated. On the other hand, the lovely sensitive composition of most images is still enchanting and aesthetically pleasing.
More about Andreea Chiru here.