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[September 2005, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania]

UPDATE (15 December 2015): Read my new article in political theory published by ‘Studia Politica’ and entitled ‘Taking Temporary Workers’ Rights Seriously: Agency and Consent’ here.

UPDATE (3 February 2015 – 20 January 2016): I was an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Relations, Faculty of Economics and Administrative SciencesMuğla Sıtkı Koçman University (Muğla, Turkey).

UPDATE (29 October 2014): Read my new article in political theory published by ‘Ethnic and Racial Studies’ and entitled ‘No land’s man: irregular migrants’ challenge to immigration control and membership policies’ here.

UPDATE (December 2013): For the period January – April 2014 I am Guest Lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesMaastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Check out my professional website (in English) and my personal blog (Romanian/English).

UPDATE (June 2013): Some of my photos have been published by Institute of Race Relations (UK) in Liz Fekete,  Pedlars of Hate: The Violent Impact of the European Far Right (2012) and by Central European University’s publication The CEU Weekly (15 February 2012, Year 2, Issue 13). Others photos have been referred to by different blogs: Hungarian spectrum (Eva S. Balogh),  The Contrarian HungarianEurasian hub and Préférence nationale (Extreme droite analyse, décryptage, observation) (2012).

Andrei Stavilă (or, without diacritics, for internet search: Andrei Stavila). I have a PhD in Social and Political Sciences (major: Social and Political Theory) (European University Institute, Florence, Italy), a MRes in Social and Political Sciences (European University Institute, Florence, Italy), a MPhil in Political Philosophy (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary), and a MA in Philosophy (‘Al. I. Cuza’ University, Iasi, Romania).

I probably have too many hobbies for my little spare time, and photography is one of them. I’m trying to improve both the way I see and my mastering of the grammar of the shot (this is why I always welcome constructive criticism). I am interested in street photography, portrait photography, documentary and photojournalism (in this order). Sometimes I also take photos of nature and animals, but generally I don’t like shooting sports or macros.

I don’t like talking too much about a photographer’s gear, simply because – as Ken Rockwell puts it – your camera doesn’t matter. If you don’t believe me, just check what David Burnett has done with a disposable Holga. Or (with all due humility) my first pictures on this site taken with a point-and-shoot camera. And if all these still don’t convince you, then just take a quick look below at Miroslav Tichy‘s home made camera (click on photos to enlarge). Check further Tichy’s official website and watch more of his photos.

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My first camera was a Smena 8M. After using some ‘no name’ point-and-shoot cameras, I think I took some pretty good photos with my Canon PowerShot A430 and with my Nikon Coolpix L100. Sometimes I’m still using them for fun and upload the results on this blog (for example, check my first pictures on this site which were taken with the point-and-shoot Nikon Coolpix).

My present workhorses are Nikon D7000 and the following four lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8 AF-DNikkor 16-85 mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S DX ED VRNikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 ED IF AF-S VR, and Samyang 8 mm f/3,5 AE CSII.

Other gear I also own: one external slave flash (Nissin Di622 mark II for Nikon), two tripods (Marumi Digital Pro TRI-2240 and Velbon CX-888 Black), a Case Logic camera bag, a protection filter for the 50 mm lens (Hoya Pro1 Digital 52 mm MC protector), and a a remote control: Nikon ML-L3.

Just want to remind you that this is NOT the blog of a professional photographer, but of a person who loves photography and wants to learn about it as much as possible. This is why constructive comments are always welcomed. Thank you for your visit and, hopefully, for your comments!

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My old Smena 8M (my first camera!). Photo taken with my Nikon D7000 and Nikkor 16-85 VRII, January 2012.

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