Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Romania and have been living in New Zealand since 2009. In December I will become a mother for the first time, and I'm looking forward to the entire experience.
How did you get started with photography?
It has been six years since I first picked up a camera, and I can say that it has enriched my life immensely. Since then I have begun to crave photography.
What is it that interests you most about photography?
I'm interested in the idea of creating artworks with my camera, to share what I've seen, felt, and responded to.
How would you describe your photographic style and how it has developed over the years?
I have experimented over the years with creating impressionist images. My general approach to photography is to create images that express feelings without having to say a word. My photography is feminine and painterly.
What kind of gear do you use?
I'm so minimalist when it comes to equipment! I have a Nikon D300 and a few lenses: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4, Micro-Nikkor AF 60mm f/2.8D, Nikkor 70-300mm AF 5.6D, Lensbaby
What Inspires you?
I am inspired by learning, succeeding, and bringing to life a vision that I have where others see just the subject.
How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
My goal is to improve my visual thinking and develop my imagination. I read a lot of art books and magazines, I watch online photography courses and critiques, I follow other photographers' websites, blogs and Facebook pages.
Whose work has influenced you most?
There were many influences in the beginning as I was keen to experiment and explore different themes and ideas. Freeman Patterson's work influenced me the most. His approach to discussing the art of photography is very refreshing. He made me re-evaluate my work and how I look at the world around me; how I create photographs.
Exactly what is it that you want to say with your photographs, and how do you actually get your photographs to do that?
I take photographs primarily because I enjoy the process; secondly because I want to connect with other people in some way, to tell them about myself or my experiences. Impressionist photography helps me achieve that.
Is there anything you would love to photograph?
I would love to experiment with underwater photography.
Among your works, which one is your favourite? Why?
This photograph is probably my favourite one as it conveys everything I ever wanted to tell with my photography, that I can be a painter with a camera.
What is your best tip for photographic success?
Start a project. Choose and dedicate time and effort to only one subject, one style or one technique, and stay with it for a while. It will teach you a great deal about commitment and motivation.
How can we find you? Website, blog, facebook?
On Flickr & Facebook I'm listed as cristina runcan