I am a happily married Romanian living in Turkey with my husband, who is a Turk. I have a knack for foreign languages and have studied several tongues from childhood until college. I have been working as a professional translator for 10 years now, but always nurtured my creative side as well. I had pursued many creative outlets over time, like drawing, sewing, painting and writing, but photography and product styling was what really sparked my interest and creativity, so pursuing this path came naturally.
Q&A with Dorinela Hamamci
How would you describe your creative style?
I am drawn to color combinations, different textures and light, and nature is my greatest inspiration, but food and drinks also play an important part in my creative process. I rarely follow a pattern when creating my images, I am more of a spontaneous creative and often get the ideas for my images starting from a single object, texture or color. I am a constant learner, so both my style and my aesthetic continuously develop, along with my technique.
What kind of equipment do you use?
I have a Nikon Coolpix S6200 camera, but most of the times I use my Sony mobile phone to take my pictures, as it makes the editing process easier and faster, with all the basic editing apps available on mobile.
Can you tell us what the theme ‘Fresh Start’ means to you?
This is my first time hosting a theme for Creatively Squared and it couldn't have been a more appropriate time or theme. A fresh start at the beginning of the new year is what all of us are hoping for. This is a time of renewal and it has a special significance to me as I will hopefully make the leap into a creative career in the following year.
Can you share with us a few of your favourite images and tell us why you love them?
This was one of my first attempts at darker, moodier photography and I loved the outcome, which proves that getting out of your comfort zone can be surprisingly fortuitous.
Legs flatlays are one of my favourite types of creative photography and I think I managed to successfully balance the elements in this particular flatlay, which is why I like it.
Getting creative with food and/or drinks is one of my favourite things to do. Also, I love pink, so I think this particular image is representative for my creative process lately.
Since I discovered the wonderful community brought together by Creatively Squared, I have learned a great deal about content creation and have made a lot of friends, people that constantly inspire me to better by skills. I am thankful for the opportunities this creative hub offers and I hope we will collaborate even more in the following year.
Dorinela is the guest host of our ‘Fresh Start’’ themed photo challenge this week. Find out how you can participate here - Creative Challenge Entry Details
You can see more of Dorinela’s photos on her Instagram account @dorinelahamamci