My name is Marian Tudor, I am a professional herpetologist and I conduct research and also I teach at “Ovidius” Univeristy of Constanta, Romania.
I started taking photographs at the beginning of the 1990s when digital photography was still young. For ten years I photographed on film, using soviet cameras such as Smena 8M or Zenit E, until one day a colleague gave me a Nikon FM2n with a Nikkor 50mm, 1.4 AIs lens. It was love at first sight. For three years that was the camera that accompanied me everywhere until it was stolen on a night train. I stopped taking photos for a few years and in 2007 I bought my first DSLR (Nikon D80) to record my research and field work. I still use digital cameras for this activity, but for anything else, I stay faithful to my film cameras. And yes, I returned to Nikon FM (FM2n and FM3A, to be precise), but, at the same time, I have become interested in Olympus OM too.
So, now I am using two systems: Nikon F and Olympus OM. I continuously try to find the best lenses and the best films that I can afford and I am doing this for one reason: if the photographs are bad, I cannot blame the camera or the film, but myself and my lack of skill.
I like people and I like to photograph them in the street, in the middle of day-to-day activities. Once in a while I take photos of landscape or other subjects, but street photography remains my main focus.