• Photo Diary: Pastel Studies with Monica Moraru

    As far as we can tell, Toronto artist and photographer Monica Moraru sees the world in pastel: her (amazing) Instagram feed is a curated balance of the perfectly pale pinks, creamy yellows, and dreamy sky blue details she observes in her daily life, making us realize how — no matter the season — pastels are always in.

    How did you first come into photography?
    I first started taking pictures with a film camera on a 6th grade camping trip, and I’ve been following my friends around with it ever since. 

    Can you share more about your style, what influences you, and what most informs your photography? 
    My formal art background is in painting, so I’m really informed by color over everything else – my eye is always drawn to bright, saturated hues and soft pastels, so they’re what I tend to photograph most. My subject matter often focuses on documenting details of youth and femininity through a soft and cinematic lens. 

    What feeling do you most try to convey with your photos? 

    Can you share a little more about what you shot for this series?
    For the past month I’ve been in LA working on several projects, so these photos are a result of my time spent there. I love the colors and shapes of LA and the nostalgic warmth I feel every time I’m there, so for this series I focused my attention on details that fascinate and draw me to the Californian landscape.  

    What other topics, subjects, compositions have been inspiring to you recently?
    Right now I’m really into retro futurism, 60s interior design, 70s fashion, science-fiction, bell hooks, Artie Vierkant, “Death Proof,” “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” Grace Coddington, and velvet. 

    What projects are you working on now? What’s coming up?
    I just shot a brand new series about girlhood and youth culture in my home country Romania, which I’m super excited about.

    Who are some artists or photographers you’re interested in right now?
    I draw inspiration from a lot of my contemporaries such as Dafy Hagai, Mayan Toledano, Wiissa, Monika Mogi, and Arvida Bystrom, as well as all-timers such as Tracy Emin, Yoko Ono, Hiromix, Nan Goldin, and Pipilotti Rist. 

    How do you stay inspired and motivated to create work? 
    Creating work is what motivates, inspires, and challenges me. The hard part isn’t finding inspiration, but translating what I see and think into something that other people bring their own visions, thoughts and experiences to — I think that’s what creating art is all about. 

    What's one thing you're looking forward to this fall? 
    Moving into a new apartment and pumpkin pie.

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