Andreea Preda

PHOTO  .  February 4th, 2013

Interview of Andreea Preda – young photographer currently living in Madrid.


Where and when were you born ?

I was born in the south of Romania, 22 years ago.

How and why do you begin to take pictures ?

I began taking pictures when I was about fifteen, at first it was only self-portraits with a shitty digital camera. Then I discovered that my favorite photographers shot film and I was eager to try. I was thrilled by the colours, the “retro” look of film, and I also felt it was a more honest kind of photography that suited me better.

Give me 3 scents you like

I like the smell of film, home-baked cakes and freshly washed sheets.

What cameras do you use ? Why these ?

I have quite a bunch of cameras but right now I’m mostly taking pictures with my Olympus XA and my father’s old Zenit. I like them because they’re very unpredictable and give nice colours.

You told me that you plan to live in the french countryside, what attracts you there ?

I lived nine months in Paris a couple of years ago and I long to live in France again. I love big cities, like Paris and Madrid, but sometimes I think I could use living someplace quieter, just for a while, to have more time to do things I never really find time to do here.

Can you tell us more about your feature in Romka Magazine ?

I’ve been a fan of Romka since its beginnings, I love everything about it, from the concept to the curation and I always wanted to participate. For this issue I submitted a photograph that I don’t find particularly pretty, but has a story behind it, and that’s what Romka is about. Reading all the stories featured along with the photographs in the magazine made me think about how a little explanation can change completely your perception of a photograph.

What are your plans for the future ?

Finishing my master’s degree, moving to France, finding a job and begin taking photography a little more seriously.

What are you going to do just after answered this final question ?

Meet some friends and go to the cinema to finally see Haneke’s “Amour“.

Thanks for you answers Andreea. You’ll like the french countryside ,)