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I Document Intimate Moments Of Couples In Love
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I Document Intimate Moments Of Couples In Love

I’m Bucharest-based photographer Natalia Mindru. I capture the raw, unabashed love between couples in a series titled Iubiri Urbane (translated, it means Urban Love Stories). This is my ode to stolen kisses, kept secrets, and unspoken words shared between love birds in a metropolis that rarely stands still enough to notice. I’ve always felt like being in love and showing affection were really important to me.

Before arriving at a couple’s home, I know nearly nothing about my subjects. The only prior communication is through social media and, as a result, I approach 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 the cute couple.

I am not trying to convince anybody to be a part of my love images project. Couples should feel they want to do this, to be comfortable and relaxed with my presence. Once a photo session started, it usually takes two hours, during which we have a drink, talk, and get to know better each other. Often my subjects even don’t realize that their pictures were being taken. I know that happiness for all of us is a switch that can be flicked in our brain. So, I’m like a switcher for couples. More couples told me that they feel the process of photographing as couple’s 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.

I started this couple’s pictures project one year ago being very ambitious. I aimed to show that love is for everybody; love does not judge and accepts any color, religion, sexual orientation. The Idea of diversity is essential, and traveling through different countries could help me to achieve this purpose. Thus, this year, I’m thrilled to visit and photograph couples in France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Hungary, UK, Netherlands, Portugal. I’m open to any other new destination.

In November-December first volume of Love Stories is going to be released.

I would like to encourage couples in love to message me. Together we are going to create a lot of incredible pictures.

More info: Instagram | facebook.com

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MaraTirado
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6 years ago

Where are the REAL couples in love? All I see are models in poses. Where is the photo of a couple supporting each other after spending a night nursing a sick baby? The older people walking hand in hand? The widow or widower mourning their loss of a loved one? Celebrating the REAL moments that deepen a connection. And why just hetero couples? GTFO with this shit, this isn't showcasing love but the photographer's ability to take pretty black and white pictures.

GabrielaLup-Negru
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6 years ago

Wtf? They don't look like models to me. Just because they have a nice figure doesn't mean they're "models". Surprise, you can work out and eat healthy and actually look this good! :/ This isn't shit. The cliches you enumerated are, if you wanna see that kinda thing, go on tumblr or facebook - it's full of them there. God it always has to be fussy people like you to nag about anything.

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MădălinaVlădău
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6 years ago

Waiting for the diversity advertised in the description to come up in the photographs. xD

HeatherD'Gallegos
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6 years ago

Exactly what i was thinking!

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Community Member
6 years ago

I photographed couples from my community. Why should I feel guilty that they are white and look the way they look? That is my reality. If you have a certain vision how love, real love looks like, just take camera and go! do it your way! photograph what you feel, people from your community, people from other countries, same sex couples, overweight couples, widows...just do it. good luck!

Jessica
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6 years ago

Bc in your statement you said you were presenting the diversity of love bt sex, religion and race.

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MaraTirado
Community Member
6 years ago

Where are the REAL couples in love? All I see are models in poses. Where is the photo of a couple supporting each other after spending a night nursing a sick baby? The older people walking hand in hand? The widow or widower mourning their loss of a loved one? Celebrating the REAL moments that deepen a connection. And why just hetero couples? GTFO with this shit, this isn't showcasing love but the photographer's ability to take pretty black and white pictures.

GabrielaLup-Negru
Community Member
6 years ago

Wtf? They don't look like models to me. Just because they have a nice figure doesn't mean they're "models". Surprise, you can work out and eat healthy and actually look this good! :/ This isn't shit. The cliches you enumerated are, if you wanna see that kinda thing, go on tumblr or facebook - it's full of them there. God it always has to be fussy people like you to nag about anything.

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MădălinaVlădău
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6 years ago

Waiting for the diversity advertised in the description to come up in the photographs. xD

HeatherD'Gallegos
Community Member
6 years ago

Exactly what i was thinking!

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Community Member
6 years ago

I photographed couples from my community. Why should I feel guilty that they are white and look the way they look? That is my reality. If you have a certain vision how love, real love looks like, just take camera and go! do it your way! photograph what you feel, people from your community, people from other countries, same sex couples, overweight couples, widows...just do it. good luck!

Jessica
Community Member
6 years ago

Bc in your statement you said you were presenting the diversity of love bt sex, religion and race.

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