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 Interview with Dubi Roman

Hi Dubi, I would like to start with a quote which I have taken from your website. If you told us nothing else, we would still have an understanding of you and your work. It is usual to look at the pictures of a photographer or artist and those pictures speak for themselves but your words are, to me, equally important because you give an extra insight into the reasons for your art - which are universal and full of purpose. Tragedy deserves the creative act. Maybe if everyone created there would be no wars.

Quote- "Creation is mankind's ultimate treasure. In this Crazy region, during this time of bloodshed, When Darkness intends to drown us all, Arabs and Jews. I'm trying to emphasize hope; a few rays of light behind the shadows, a Blossomed leaf, a flower's teardrop and the smell of mud after rain. I simply wish to force us to take an inner look into God's mirror, to realize how much we've got to lose. Nature Photography is kind of a prayer, I'm praying for us all..."

To me, the most important thing in life is being healthy, happy, and free. And one should always live and let live. I think we can gain much more in goodwill rather then by force. In any war, there aren't any winners only losers. Wars and terror can't make these goals happen, and since I'm not a politician or a warrior, the only way I can find to influence people is through my art and by political debates.

Photography is a precise technique in contrast to the wild and changing states of nature. As a nature photographer I strive to present nature in a natural form, to conserve the uncertainty, the misty mood and emotion. The technique I use is based on changing planes of focus, soft focusing and scattered light, that gives a romantic and impressionistic effect, colored in the colors of dreams.

The pictures on your website certainly show the influence of the Impressionists. The effects of light which you have achieved, through using the "shift of focus" technique, are wonderful. Is this shift of focus on a single exposure or do you sometimes make a double exposure? Can you tell us about this technique?

In my art, I try to influence people by touching them deep inside with what I believe to be our common goals; harmony, peace of mind, tranquility and love. The necessity of an impressionistic spirit came to me through my search for these values. I think our mind is a bit misty and out of focus, lower definition seems to be a key element for our ability to complete sights through our mind, our visual memories and deepest wishes or fears. In my opinion, we need to have the lower resolutions in order for us to listen more carefully to our inner voices. For me, the impressionistic photography became a track of expressions and exposing my heart. The "shifts of Focus" always achieved by using several exposures (usually two), and at least one of them will be out of focus, and one in focus. Merging them together in the field makes it all happen, which means there are many aspects to think about, the brightness of the elements, the amount of out of focus, different colors concerned, center of interest and more…

Do you use a computer for any of your art work? Can you see that there would be any advantage in using a computer?

The only way I use the computer is for keeping quality at its very best, to avoid color shifts while enlarging, and my prints identical. Also I use it to keep my files scanned and stored. Since I would like to believe that our images are reflections of our mind's impressions coming to live on a piece of film, I never use computer or lab's post manipulation, and all my images are complete while still in the field.

 

 
 

What you are saying about the important things in life is very true. To express your feelings of these things and to use your art to make a communication to other people is very important. To me this is an art form which has the greatest meaning. There is one picture, in particular, on your website - on the page http://www.dubiroman.com/enter2.html - on the left - "A Section of the Dan River in the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, Galilee", which communicates your ideas so well - a quiet, contemplative and harmonious "mind", amid the turmoil of the "raging river of life." When you took this photograph, was this the idea you wanted to express?

When I try to remember that specific day I took the photograph: " Water #03 A section of the Dan River in the Tel Dan Nature Reserve, Galilee " I remember it was a sunny day and there was that wonderful contrast between the heavy freezing water stream of the Dan River and the two innocent leaves leaning in the sun on the heavy dark rock. Yes, it was a bit symbolic to the "struggle of life" as you describe, but since it was pretty windy, I was more concerned for the leaves not to be thrown down the river before I'll have the chance to photograph that view. Eventually I succeeded.

Like the Impressionists, you work outdoors and capture the light. The Impressionists were similarly excited by their expression of light - at the same time that the theory of colour was being explored and allowed them to work using pure colours. Do you feel that the "colour" is as important to you as the light? Do you think that a computer would enable you to experiment more with colour?

I've been trying to work on my technique with monochromatic subject and it just didn't work that well. There must be different colors in order to define subjects and atmosphere better. Although I never bother to try, it won't work in black & white. Perhaps a computer might allow me to create images that will look close to the originals, but for me it won't be the real thing. A major, important part of creating my Impressionistic Photography is to try to purify and define my feeling at a specific place and at that exact time, to me it's the opposite of recreating it in the lab or studio afterwards. To me in order to express that whole being at a certain place and atmosphere, the experience must stay fresh and can be made in the scene itself. Maybe this is a bit like a smile that should be cherishing as a laugh and not as a fake of the real thing.

I like that idea about our images are reflections of our mind's impressions coming to live on a piece of film - do you not think that these impressions could live also on a piece of paper, canvas, sculpture or compact disk? is the new technology alien to your emotions? How do you see your work developing in the future? Do you always use a camera to express yourself? Poetry? Painting?

Of course, I think that one can reflect his mind using lots of different media, but unfortunately so far, I could express myself only through singing and photography, and since I couldn't paint, I was looking to get close to painting by using my camera. Even though, I respect imaging very much, I most of all enjoy doing traditional photography. Perhaps one day, I will express myself in other ways, try new technology and new media. Meanwhile I love being involved in what I feel so close to. Thank you,

                          

Take a look at Dubi's website - for information about his biography, his cameras, his techniques and - most of all to see those pictures - which are bathed in light. Thank you Dubi - for your smile - which will be cherished as a laugh, a very real thing.

                           

Dubi Roman 5a' Beeri street Tel Aviv 64682 Israel Tel: (972) 54 601507

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