“What? What do you mean I don`t look like a Countess from the ski?!?”
“Morodan, fetito, you look so, soooo psycho!”
Photos by Emil Costrut
Well, this just hit my top experiences list. It made me see clearly once again the real greatness of this world. (So it`s not the Malls? Who knew?)
Last time I was in Cluj my friend Csilla told me about a special man who loves birds, takes care of the injured ones, rescues them, feeds them, nurtures them in his home and then releases them into the wild. She suggested I gave him a call. So I did. And that`s how I met Mugur Gliga – the bird man. One special human. And Strutu, a female falcon which I swear behaved as if she were human. Or at least like she understood what we were saying.
Naturally, my first thought was `I need to photograph this. I need to immortalize this!`
So Emil, Addams and I jumped in the car, found this absolutely awesome Oana Lupas dress – did you notice that the embroidery is made of pearls and beads? I can literally die enchanted; I`ve finally seen one of my dream dresses in real life, not just in picture. I`m counting down the days until mine will be ready. This one…well…this one was made for someone with a different bra size than mine . I already knew this place, a Transylvanian Delta, that looks like no other place in Romania. The accessories were already in my mobile closet: the car. Everything matched with what would be the story of a crazy lady living in the swamps.
Words are not enough to describe the feeling of greatness you get when a birds flies in the skies then comes right back on your arm.
Out of the more than 700 shootings I did throughout the years, this shooting is most definitely the one which brought me the closest to the Greatness of Divinity. I wish we could be more careful when it comes to our attitude towards the environment, nature and animals. And I hope we can start doing it soon. Because one day it may be too late.
Thank you for the lessons, Mugur and Strutu! Thank you for the memories!
Now, some behind the scenes snaps.
Mugur giving indications
*Strutu is not a captive bird. She was found injured and Mugur took care of her. In a few weeks she will be released into the wild.