An Interview With: Alex Beldea
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Alex Beldea and I am a photographer based in Huddersfield, currently doing a Masters at the University of Huddersfield.
How did you get into what you do?
I think I have always been a ‘visual person’; I started using photography around 2006, as a news photographer, but I turned towards documentary photography more recently, when I started my University studies, in 2011.
How do you work?
My projects involve people therefore it is always a process of meeting them, gaining their trust, learning about their story and, eventually, projecting the subject into visuals. I tend to work slowly, especially when it comes projects focusing on social issues. Sometimes I have to ask for approval from people, it takes time to get to meet them and, when I get to that point I try to spend as much time as possible with them, seeking a comprehensive outcome of my work.
How would you describe your work?
In my work I am trying to get close to the subject, allowing the viewer to have an intimate exploration of the issue that my photographs are focused on. I have done it through portraits, images of the places where the people I met live/work and, lately, through images taken by them. My work is trying to be rather a collaboration between photographer and protagonist than my view on a certain subject.
What is your background?
I graduated from a Computing/Math high school in Romania and I have recently finished my BA in Photography in Huddersfield. At the moment I am working on my Masters on Collaborative Documentary Photography.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Books, movies, lecturers, other photographers. August Sander, Geert van Kesteren and Jim Goldberg have been an important influence for my work.
It is a great channel for interaction. Photography makes us happy, it makes us cry, it makes us take action, it makes us understand, it tests us… Photography certainly can’t change the world, but it can inform and enhance our view on the world. When I chose photography I did it because it is the best way, for me, to express myself and my ideas.
What are you goals after University?
I hope to get my MA project published and, through this, get further commissions.
Is there any specific equipment you use?
I currently use a Canon 5D Mk III with a 50mm and a 24-70mm and a very straightforward Nissin flash.
Whats the best piece of advice you could give the readers of The Pupil Sphere?
Try to say ‘no’ as less as possible, take any opportunity you are given and always try to showcase your work in order to get feedback.
All images copyright of Alex Beldea.