Would you mind introducing yourself and your photography? Hi everyone. My name is Artur Luchian, I'm a young photographer from Moldova, I am 17 years old, I am currently in high school in the eleventh grade. I like to take photos, listen to music, read and to hang out with my friends. I currently live in Ialoveni, it's a small city. I like to shoot nature, mostly landscapes, sometimes even macro photography. I mostly shoot around sunset and during the golden hour, because that light during the golden hour is irreplaceable. Recently I started taking minimalistic photos. I often use the sun as my subject.
Artur’s Instagram - @arthurluchian
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I fell in love with photography around 2 years ago, when I was 15 years old, this whole art of taking photos and editing photos blew my mind away.
What inspires your photography? Nature is my biggest muse, but of course there are also a bunch of photographers that inspire me every day, photographers like Joe Greer, Dan Tom, Alex Strohl, Alex Hinson, Jared Gunderson and a lot more.
Camera & Editing Process? I use a Nikon D5000 with a kit lens, and I also have a 50-200mm f4-5.6 for portraits. I edit all my photos in Lightroom, over the years I have created a couple of presets that I use, but sometimes its good to edit a photo from start to end by myself. I usually drop my highlights to get some details in the sky, crush the blacks, increase the contrast, increase the shadows to get some details in the foreground. After this I play with the HSL slides, but I always try to keep it simple. I like to add a simple vignette.
Are there any tips you would like to give to anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? For those how are trying to recreate my style, my advice would be to keep a simple composition and edit like they would, not to copy the exact same steps, because I learned this by myself, through trial and error.
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you wish more people knew about? Yeah of course, Instagram is great platform for photographers to share their work, but there a lot of them that aren't recognized, like George Kerr an amazing photographer from Alaska that shoots extraordinary photos, Gintaras Stauce from Lithuania, he has a unique style of street/nature photography, Ryan Harris from the UK, he amazes me every time with his photos.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? My number destination would be the whole of Europe, I would love to go on a road trip around Europe, and shoot the beautiful landscapes it has to offer.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I like to take my photos during spring and summer, the days are longer and warmer, and the sunsets are much better. And the nature is alive, everything is blossoming or green.
The coolest place you've ever been? There are actually a couple of cool places I have been to. The first would be Brasov during winter, that place is absolutely amazing, everything is covered in snow. the mountains are beautiful, I even had the chance to visit Dracula's castle. Another amazing place would be the lavender fields in Corbusca Noua, miles and miles of lavender, and during sunset, it's one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? At the moment I don't have any trips planned, because I am still in high school, I don't have a lot of free time. But during summer, I could plan something. Also, if are eager to travel, come to Moldova, it's a beautiful country that deserves to be seen.
Artur’s Instagram - @arthurluchian
Artur’s Website - https://arthurluchian.darkroom.tech/