'For the first two weeks I stay in a new place I can't take any photos at all... '
Bogdan Gîrbovan is not interested in photographing sensational things. In his work, documentary photography that focuses largely on domesticity - how humans arrange and live in spaces, whether it be a communist era housing block in Bucharest or a small village in the Romanian countryside - he is always looking for images that express a deeper understanding of a place.
The NEU NOW team dispatched Adina Ochea, resident NEU NOW documentarian, to catch up with Bogdan and talk about old - and new - times.
This interview was conducted in Romanian via skype on the June 19, 2013 and translated by Adina Ochea. Read more »
'Some of my colleagues were shocked by this, because at that moment I had already three kids.
But professional development was in progress and I didn’t want to stop.'
Mindaugas Bačkus is an accomplished musician who has dabbled in many forms of artistic practice - from pioneering the revival of baroque cello in Lithuania as a freelance Cellist (at the time he was the only musician in the country who played a baroque instrument) to championing diverse concert programmes that attract broader audiences as the Art Director of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. In tempo with all this he is also a father and a dedicated educator to children whose endeavors can teach us all about balancing the responsibilities of life with our creative passions.
Bačkus's contribution to NEU NOW LIVE 2009, 'On the Edge', reflected the 300-year evolution of the cello. This music programme featured baroque and modern cello performances that contrasted the compositions, playing techniques, and instruments themselves yet still brought them together into one musical entity.
The NEU NOW team dispatched Jessica Maxwell, resident cello and diversity enthusiast, to catch up with Mindaugas and hear how the beat goes on.
This interview was conducted via written correspondence the week of June 10, 2013. Read more »