Behind a camera you discover that the world is literally full, 24 hours a day, of unique moments, and light of all kinds.

Too much time, Sorin Trâncă he was convinced that it was not made for photography, but for writing. Although the idea of ​​having a camera attracted him, as well as the possibility to capture the world in its unique moments of beauty, it resisted the temptation for a while. Until, in 2016, he bought an Olympus Pen that he never parted with and that taught him a lot about life and people. Since then, Sorin has been photographing continuously: people, garbage, animals, the outline of cities and the soul of nature, the way light defines our time. His images have something of Hopper’s melancholy.

Like any artistic enterprise, photography is able to reorganize the author’s soul, to reshape someone’s personality, to make him – or one – reevaluate the purpose and duration of the visit on earth, says Sorin

Sorin does not seek to define a style, he thinks that style is a trap. He is interested in the beauty of a situation and the moment, more than art, photography, for him, is documentary. How he has transformed this obsession so far, he recounts below:

How you discovered your passion for photography

I took the first photo I liked in college, a child dancing among the art students exhibiting in the center of Timisoara, on the occasion of a StudentFest, I think in 1995. I was amazed at how much that image could actually say about what could not be seen – about the joy of several hundred passers-by amused by the strangeness of the exhibited facilities and contaminated by the effervescence of the students who had brought them to the street, with great drums.

What followed

Nothing followed, for a long time I was convinced that I was not made for photography, but for writing. I had the urge to buy a camera several times, but there was always a voice telling me that I would buy it and give it up quickly, out of laziness to carry it with me or because of too many briefs. Something that turned out not to be true when, finally, in 2016, I bought an olympus pen that I never parted with.

Hundreds of nights spent on yt followed to learn what I didn’t understand in lightroom, where I currently spend almost all my free time.


Indeed, photography can transform you, because behind a camera you discover that the world is literally full, 24 hours a day, of unique moments, and of light of all kinds. And you also discover that empathy is the best goal you can have in your photo kit.

Balzac said that you are not a writer until you are able to illustrate a reality in at least 10 ways. There are times when I do that, I don’t get up from a chair until I find ten ways to photographically illustrate what’s around me. And, many times, the photographic limit of that situation can only be unlocked through an effort of empathy.

The first camera, the first photos

I said above about the Olympus pen, which is the first device I haven’t parted with. I’ve had other cameras before, but that’s not how my photo worries started. Your question made me revisit some hundreds of photos taken in 2010-2011 in Peru (also with an Olympus), which I thought I was cool. They are not bad, but they are not really artistic works. In my memory, after almost 10 years, that world looks different, and the feeling is that I have to retell it, if I want to capture its essence.

How you learned

I still don’t know enough about photography, but what I’ve already realized is that it can only be learned up to a point. And up to that point you can learn absolutely anything for free from youtube, including how to clean your sensor yourself, if you like strong sensations.

What photography taught you

Too many. Like any artistic enterprise, photography is able to reorganize the author’s soul, to reshape someone’s personality, to make him – or her – reevaluate the purpose and duration of the visit on earth.

Although sometimes, when I look at how Petrus Van Schendel shines the light, how he manages to bring it on the easel, probably working hundreds of hours for it, I wonder if the photographer is, in the ultimate sense, an artist. And I’m starting to realize that the best idea that a photographer’s art could be based on would be to set out to say things that will hang on a wall for at least a hundred years.

Simply put, I am beginning to believe more and more that the documentary side of photography is more valuable to humanity, that a photographer is not so much an artist as a chronicler. In photography, playing with time is essential.


Pffff. Hard. I think I have over ten projects in the works, I work on refugees, on garbage, on cities, on animal rights, on forgotten places, on all sorts of things, which are more and more atrocious.

But I feel that this really interests me, to look in this area of ​​identity, where people think they know something about themselves, through their beliefs. I wish I could take a picture with the Dalai Lama sleeping, but I think it is more socially useful to understand concepts from our immediate vicinity, such as the real size of the garbage in the forests and waters around us.

There are whole hectares of forest around Bucharest where if we dig in that 60cm of soil on which plant life usually depends, and sort the human manure from branches and earth, we will discover that the soil is only half, the rest is human manure from father to son , ie under the PET layer of our generation is the garbage of parents (rubber, asbestos), grandparents (bricks, cement, glass) and so on. I have at least 100 photos in which I try to capture this thing (out of over a few thousand taken).

Your style

I’m not looking for a style. By the way, I consider style a trap. I am not interested in the style, but in the beauty of a situation and maybe the truth of a moment.

I want to take photos that are worth printing on paper. Everyone inspires me, I even studied wedding photographers. But I’m looking for photography beyond egos and subjectivity. In a funny way, photography is much closer to acting, because where there is respect for the truth of a photographic situation, the photographer is an integral part. You have to borrow a little from the soul of all those who appear in your frame so that in the end a photo results, not a simple image.

What your camera would say about you

She would cry, and through hiccups she would say and you said you loved me.

The present in which everyone takes pictures

It’s challenging to compete with everyone, as a photographer, but for now I can handle it 🙂

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