Natalia Mindru is Bucharest-based photographer. She captures the raw, unabashed love between couples in a series titled Iubiri Urbane (translated, it means Urban Love Stories). This is her ode to stolen kisses, kept secrets, and unspoken words shared between lovers in a metropolis that rarely stands still enough to notice.
Before arriving at a couple’s home, she knows nearly nothing about her subjects. The only prior communication is through social media and, as a result, she approaches each session without preconceived notions or expectations. In this way, Iubiri Urbane offers a fresh exploration of love in its many forms: tender, sometimes playful and other times messy, but it always depicts the natural attraction between two people.
Natalia is not trying to convince anybody to be a part of her project. Couples should feel they want to do this, to be comfortable and relaxed with her presence. Once a photo session started, it takes usually two hours, during which they have a drink, talk, and get to know better each other. Often her subjects even don’t realize that their pictures were being taken. Natalia knows that happiness for all of us is a switch that can be flicked in our brain. So, she is like a switcher for couples. More couples told her that they feel the process of photographing as a couple therapy, it makes realize things that they maybe haven’t realized before about themselves. Probably because they should be sincere, they share their feelings, vulnerabilities in the world they are opening up.
She started this Project one year ago being very ambitious. Her aim was to show that love is for everybody, love does not judge and accepts any colour, religion, sex orientation .
The Idea of diversity is important and traveling through different countries could help Natalia to achive this purpose.
Thus, this year she is thrilled to travel and photograph couples in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Hungary, UK, Netherlands, Portugal. Natalia is open for any other new destination.
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