about the Author/Creator


e-mail: daniel@moondash.net





I am a visual artist skilled in several digital art areas - photography, video, 3D graphics, mixed media, sound design - specializing in fine art staged and studio photography, creative photography and impressionist photography using ICM, also creating music videos and imagining fantasy worlds.

My digital photo work moves the focus of photography from capturing images of this reality to creating photographs of different worlds and styles. Having a background in literature and computer graphics, I always mutate photography from the real to the fantastical, from the 'what is' to the 'what it can become' through imagination. As an artist I am known for developing carefully staged images in the studio and outdoors, inventing the image instead of using the ready-made, crafting a photograph that depicts reality in an unreal or surreal way.

In the last five years I have traveled through capital cities such as Barcelona, Venice, Paris, Kyoto, Rome, Bucharest and other natural settings, following the Transience project, in order to achieve true impressionist photography at a level seldom reached in the past.





Photography Awards:


Monochrome Photography Awards 2018 - Fine Art Discovery of the year

International Photo Awards (IPA) 2018 - 1st place in Special/Special Effects

& honorable mention in Fine Art/Abstract

Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2018 - Bronze in Fine Art/Abstract

Moscow Foto Awards 2018 - Bronze in Portfolio/Fine Art

Black&White Spyder Awards 2018 - Honorable Mention (abstract), 2 nominee (fineart)

ND (Neutral Density) Awards 2018 - 2nd place in Special/Open and Fine Art/Abstract

Urban Photo Awards 2018 – Finalist (6 images selected)

12th Pollux Gala Awards - Honorable mention (digital collage)

11th Pollux Gala Awards - 2 Honorable mentions (fine art & portrait)

Fine Art Photo Awards, 2018 - 2 Honorable mentions (abstract, fine art)

Tokyo Photo Awards, 2018 - 5 Honorable mentions (fine art book, other, abstract)
'Water’ competition/exhibition, London Photo Fest 2018 - 1 work selected

12th International Color Awards - Nomenee in Fine Art/Abstract

New York Photo Curator online contest (2018) - Honorable mention

Fotograful Anului in Romania (FAR 2018) - Finalist

International Photography Awards 2012 - Third place in Fine Art (Self-Published Book)
Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2012
- Honorable Mention
Color Color Color (Worldwide Photography Gala Awards) 2011 - Honorable Mention
Chicago Photo Forum Spring Contest 2010 - Honorable Mention
International Photography Awards 2010 - Honorable Mention
Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2010
- 2 Honorable Mentions
Double Exposure
Digital Imaging Competition 2009 - Honorable Mention
Prix de la Photographie, Paris 2009 - 1st Place (Nature-Trees) & 2nd Place (Nature-Still Life)
International Color Master Awards 2009 - 1 nominee
International Photography Awards 2008 - 2 Honorable Mentions


Video and CG awards:


Solaris Film Festival, NiceSelected (short film, experimental)
Chicago Amacord Arthouse Television&Video Awards - Official Selection (short film, experimental)
Moondance International Film Festival – Award Winner in Short Multi-media Film
Feel the Reel International Film Festival – 2 Official Selections (short film, experimental)
Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest – Best Music Video nomination
Short and to the Point – Official selection

Short Film Festival Music & Fashion Paris Parachute Light Zero - official selection
2017 Music Shorts Film Festival - Official Selection (music video)
Los Angeles Cinefest - Semifinalist (music video)
Audience Awards 2107 - Official Selection (music video)
Transylvania Cinema Awards - Official Selection (music video)



Lenswork - color portfolio in issue #143 (print, online extende, pc edition)

Photographize Magazine (online article, 2 page highlight in magazine)

Circle Quarterly Art Review (spring 2018 – online, print)

Conceptual Magazine (online)

Silvershotz Magazine (online)

Dodho Magazine (online)

Click-Magazine.it – online article

Best of Photography 2018 Book - Photographer’s Forum
Lemag - online feature & Lemag Masters Book 2018

Eye-Photo Magazine (online, issue #09)
File Magazine (online)
F-Stop Magazine (online, group shows)
PhotoPaper Magazine ( print )
RangeFinder Magazine ( online & print )
AnimationFocuz Magazine ( print )
It's Art Magazine ( online )
Singh-Ray Blog (online)

Capital Cultural Sibiu (online, print)

Banchiza Urbana # 13 (print)

Formula As # 1373 (print)

Modernism.ro (online)
Photomagazine.ro ( print )
Fotomagazin.ro (online)
Foto4All (online)
Oitzarisme.ro (online)




Sublimation - Milan & Arles group show exhibitions 2019

(Fondazione Luciana Matalon Foro Buonaparte Milan; Galerie des Arenes Arles (Voies Off Festival))

Transience - personal exhibition, Brukenthal Contemporary Museum, Sibiu 2019

(included in FITS - International Theater Festival Sibiu)

13th Pollux Awards Group Show – Barcelona 2019 (one work)

PhotoZurich 19 – Group Co-exhibition, image in Digital Projection

Biennial of Documentary & Fine Art Photography, Barcelona, 2018 - (2 works)

‘Surreal’ - group exhibition at Darkroom Gallery, Vermont, US, 2018 (2 works)
Reclaim Photo Festival, Wolverhampton Archive Centre & Dudley Archive Centre 2018 - 4 works on digital panels,

Urban Photo Awards 2018 – Group exhibitions - Trieste Airport

Trieste Photo Fringe 2018 – Personal Exhibition, James Joyce Cafe

Macinat – Group Show/Itinerant Exhibition, ArtHub Bucharest 2018
The Portrait – group exhibition at Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, 2017

Water – group exhibition during London Photo Festival.org 2017

Amural Visual Art Fest, Brasov 2018 - Video projection/Visual Poem

VSLO 2018, Vama Veche, Romania 2018 - Video projectionsVisual Poems

Imagined Worlds - personal exhibition, photo & 3D graphics, ArtHub, Bucharest , June 2013
Wooden Creatures - personal itinerant exhibition - Sibiu State Philharmonic, International Theater Festival, Sibiu 2012

(Sibiu City Hall, August 2012; Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Bucharest, June 2013)

Takayama City Hall, Hida Takayama Culture and Art Festival / Kodama-Re, September 2013, Japan)
Foto4All 2011, Carturesti Verona, 2011 - 1 work
in group exhibition

Spirit Woods & Minutes - personal exhibition at

M.T.R., Clubul Taranului, Bucharest May 2011; @ Sibiu City Hall, July 2011, Sibiu)
Contemporary art exhibition center, HANGAR BICOCCA, 2011, Milano - 3D work
in group exhibition
Minutes & Spirit Woods - personal exhibition at Okian Bookstore, Brasov 2011
Minutes and Movements - personal exhibition at Centrul Cultural Habitus, Sibiu, 2009
State Library, Trieste 2008 - 3D work in group exhibition
Emotional Landscapes - personal exhibition at UAP, Deva, 2008

Radio & TV media coverage:

Radio Romania Cultural (RRC) - invitat in emisiunea Dimineata Crossover, Maria Balabas

Radio France International (RFI) - invitat in emisiunea Zebra, Mihaela Dedeoglu

Radio Romania International (RRI) - interviu radio/online, Eugen Cojocariu

TVR3 - reportaj in emisiunea Arte Carte si Capricii, Irninis Miricioiu






With love in my heart I write this and I would not choose another way.

For the ones who burn and have seen a fleeing spark of the world,

for the ones who hold diamonds in their hearts

and not on their fingers, for the truth speakers, the compassionate,

the sensitive seekers of the unknown.

To the unborn and the undying, to the collective essence

that imbues every language, and to existence,

which defiesany system ever built,

to the ones that pray for the wisdom of others late in the night.

And to those that have chosen the sunny over the dark,

knowing the darkness, and to the ones who know the secret

of any moment: to wish it had never passed

while others wished they saw it passing.

Not only to those who walk the path of their own heart,

I give a small pebble of my being,

leave a slightly glittering trail in my passing.

This is the mover behind what is imagined here.

This and whatever else I left unsaid.

I wrote it again.

This time I copied it. I saw what was written.

This is what is offered to me.