Suzana Dordea – A State of Nude
Suzana Dordea – A State of Nude
I recently had the pleasure of learning more about Suzana Dordea and her A State of Nude project. I was quite curious to become more educated on the subject especially after I found out that the titles of some images in the ASON project are derived from Trance tracks. Our gallery features only a few of the images from the project, but my personal favorite from the collection is ‘Feel It In My Bones,’ as I’ll always have a place in my heart for anything Tegan & Sara. If you’re interested in seeing more of Suzana’s work, I’ve included her links below for your convenience and I’ve also embedded a YouTube playlist of Suzana’s own creation for the ASON project featuring artists such as ATB, Aly & Fila, and Chicane.
Here’s what I learned…
If you don’t mind me asking when and where were you born?
I was born on a summery day on the 9th of July in 1980, by the Black Sea Coast in Constanta.
What was your childhood like? Were there any distinct characteristics about yourself and how it developed your interests in photography?
There’s not much to say about myself. Although as a child I was quite introverted and timid, but through those times of silence I developed an interest in photography. My attention grew as I watched my father process his photographs under the red light, within the four walls of a petite room. Watching him dip the photographic paper into that special solution, it fascinated me how the images took shape.
What was the feeling like when you held your first camera?
I was filled with excitement capturing moments with my first digital camera, the Canon A200, back in 2003. At first, photography was a hobby, but things changed quickly with the loss of my mother.
I’m sorry to hear about your loss. How did photography change after such a life-changing event?
After the death of my mother, photography became a refuge where I found solace, away from everything happening around me, thus managing to keep me afloat. Without even noticing, photography became a remedy, an art therapy after the huge loss that I suffered.
Are there any significant individuals who have influenced you?
In 2008, when I arrived in Bucharest, I met an inspirational person who is now very dear to my heart. Because of his passion for photography, I soon realized that this was my vocation.
What happened next for you?
In 2009, I discovered the path that I was about to embark on when I started to photograph myself nude, due to the lack of models, but also to explore my own body and sexuality, as a way of figuring out who I truly am. This fact coincided with a less easy period in my life when I did not know which way to go and what it was that I wanted, but my love for photography kept me going.
In time, photographing myself, I realized that nude is the most complex, lively, open and most honest form of human portrait. Through my photos, I tried to define my own style and freely express the way I see the human being, day by day, in its natural state. So I tried to get rid of inhibitions and prejudices, to give free rein to the imagination, exploring and playing with everything that would help me in this journey of self-performance and rediscovery of self.
Do you happen to have any current projects you’re working on at the moment?
My main project – A State Of Nude – is the exact definition of who I really am, without any masks, captured in day by day life, with related states: melancholy, sadness, joy, but above all… honesty! Honesty to myself in front of the camera, and second of all, with the viewers. This is what A State Of Nude means.
How did you develop the idea of A State of Nude?
Ironically, A State of Nude didn’t derive from nudity, but instead it was inspired by transparency. When you say nude you are not necessarily referring to nudity. In my opinion, nude means stripped by prejudice, by fakeness, being transparent… a way of saying: “Take me as I am!”
We are living during a time when people are afraid to be seen as who they really are. Even more so, they are ashamed and offended by their own anatomy, complexed by their own imperfections, without realizing the fact that those imperfections are what make them unique and beautiful.
In a world where the perfect woman is pictured as the Photoshopped model on the cover of a magazine, we have to take a stand. This is the reason why I came up with this project, as well as to reach the best version of myself; fighting with my shyness and with my many complexes I had about my own body along the years. And so, I decided it was about time to step out of my shell and accept and love myself exactly the way I am.
Do you have anything else the readers should know about ASON?
The whole point of this project is to show off the beauty of a human being in all of its simplicity, with all of its imperfections, to capture its essence and to make people (especially women) feel better about their own bodies. And that doesn’t mean they have to be naked in front of the camera. They just need to be true to themselves.
Learn to accept yourself the way you are and love yourself for who you are by being “nude” – honest, natural and perfect in your imperfections. Feel comfortable in your own skin! YOU are beautiful!
A State of Nude Playlist
Suzana Dordea’s work has been featured in the following publications:
Pink Erotica | Michelle 7 | Photo Magazine Romania | Vice Magazine Romania | WeAreJuxt | Snap Magazine | Vice Magazine France | Mobile Photography DE | Hipstography | The App Whisperer
You can contact Suzana and keep up to date with the ASON project below: