Ioana Cîrlig | Bucharest, Romania

Short bio:
Ioana Cîrlig is a freelance documentary photographer. She studied Cinematography and worked for a few years as a staff photographer for newspapers in Bucharest. Since 2010 she has been working on independent self-assigned long term documentary projects. Her personal projects have been published in photography magazines worldwide (Inge Morath Magazine, LensCulture, F-Stop Magazine, Feature Shoot, Archivo, Lucida, It’s Nice That etc). In 2015 she won 2nd place at the Lensculture Exposure Awards.

Why do you photograph on film?
I love the colors and the volume, the depth that everything has. Digital images seem flat to me. I also like the fact that sometimes I see a picture months after I’ve taken it, the whole work style suits me because it helps me think more and shoot less.

What is your work about?
I am interested in the relationship between man and his environment in this time of change for Romania. I want to explore how these changes influence people’s lives and how they are reflected in the landscape- natural, urban, industrial and emotional. For the last two years I have been living in two small mining towns documenting the effects of deindustrialization and life in these communities.