"Nu-mi place numai marea, dar și muntele!", 2014
author, images selection and layout by Nicoleta Moise
texts by Nicoleta Moise, Alina Popa, Irina Gheorghe, Rodica Zafiu
series graphic design by Eugen Alexandru Gustea, Nicu Ilfoveanu
paper - DCM Triple Star, Papyrus, 150g/mp; offset Ivoire Arcoprint Edizioni 120g/mp
17x21 cm, 136 pages
print run - 600 copies
printed by - Artix
language - romanian & english
first edition, May 2014
published and distributed by Galeria Posibilă
"Not only the seaside, but I like the mountains too!"*
200 photographs dating from the 60's-70's, found on the staircase of a building in Bucharest.
Appearing in every shot, Mrs. M is the central piece of the story and the author of the statement that makes up the title (of this collection). Mrs. M dominates every shot, neutralizing the touristic ambience of the location. Together with the photographer, she practices a kind of tourism using the locations not as (freestanding) monuments, but more as a background for her own portrait(s).
Every photograph in the archive has two corresponding shots, with minor observable differences between them, usually a change in Mrs. M. pose. The cinematic effect, relieved by the capturing of two very close moments in time, stimulates the viewer's imagination to fill up the missing parts between them. In the few seconds between the first and the second shot, she changes her position and talks a few words or just exchanges glances with the photographer.
"Nu-mi place numai marea, dar și muntele!" is not only an open invitation for reconstructing the context of the archive, but also an analysis of the relation between a portrait photograph and a touristic photograph, both having a common potential of being seen as monument. Nicoleta Moise