Works featured on book, album covers and posters

These are some examples of book, album covers and movie posters made with photos from PhotoCosma. Over the years the list has grown, there are more out there but these are some of the most representative ones. Some were commissioned, others were made under my supervision while others were made with images purchased through various agencies.

The majority of the covers featured here are made by adding text to my images while others have bits of my images and bits of images from other artists . Here are some photos from PhotoCosma used for artworks:

 

 

Alone in the Dark

Night falls fast on the shore. There is no way back. I try to light my lantern but the chilling wind blows it out. I finally manage to keep it alight. This light should get me through the night. It’s warmth pierces through the black. I am an island of light in an ocean of darkness, easily spotted. I can’t escape the feeling that I am being watched, and my heart races. I can’t see very far but whatever might be lurking can see me. I have to calm down and find my way. The light paints strange and scary shapes. I have to keep going…

 

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Stocksy Top 5 of the Month – August 2017

The month of August was really prolific in terms of accepted images on Stocksy – 28 of them got added to the Stocksy collection and it was really hard to choose only five of them. I did it in the end, and I hope you like them as much as I do. These are my Stocksy top 5 picks for the month of August:

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Mysterious scene with man in awe looking at sun rays through the fog
Man in awe in enchanted forest with fog with sun rays

Black moth at night in pale moonlight

Black moth in moonlight at night
Black moth at night in pale moonlight

Autumn mountain landscape with magical light

Mountain wall in autumn landscape
Autumn mountain landscape with magical light

Winter scene with man walking in the snow

Man walking through snow in winter scene
Winter scene with Man walking in the snow

Night landscape with stars over mountain at night

Starry night mountain landscape with Milky Way
Night landscape with stars over mountain at night

The Killer in Me Book Cover

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The Killer in Me Spanish Version by Margot Harrison

Glad to announce you that one of my photos made it on to the book cover of the Spanish version of “The killer in me” book by Margot Harrison. The bottom part of the image is a forest image I shot in 2015:

 

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Silhouette of man near strange light in haunted mysterious forest with fog at night

http://www.photocosma.net/portfolio/G0000wlyRjYcPmEY/I00001RjVgVyO8uU

Moon over tree

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Minimal landscape with moon up in the blue sky above tree

There is the theory of creative limitation saying that limiting yourself to a single mean of expression or technique – one instrument or style of playing in music, one technique of painting or one lens or technique in photography – can make you more creative and make you see things differently.  I have to be honest and say that I didn’t believe this to actually work, but  a couple of months ago I decided to try and use focal lenses that I don’t use so often. For me it means using tele lenses more and searching for scenes I usually ignore. I think this affected the way I see a frame and compose a shot, the way I search for subjects and points of interest in images. I’m pretty content with the results so I’m going to try and experiment further with different mindsets.

The photo that I chose to illustrate this article was taken with a 70-300 mm lens at 70mm. On one side the sun was setting and on the opposite side the moon was just rising above a tree. The terrain didn’t allow me to change my position too much and if I would have chosen a wider lens the moon would have only been a small dot in the frame. So I shot it just above a nearby tree with green branches and thought that less of the tree would make for a simple minimal and modern aesthetic.

Dark Dreams Series

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Old cabin in dark forest

The Dark Dreams series is something that’s been a work in progress for the last five years or so. The majority of photos from PhotoCosma have a dark and mysterious side but this is taken even further in the series. While browsing trough our portfolio in the early days, we noticed that there are some photos that work well with a darker edit and that don’t fit in any particular series, but could be used to create a story on their own. After some time we got our hands on a selective focus lens – a Lensbaby – and realized that this type of approach could bring a whole new dimension and really made sense given the fact that PhotoCosma is all about mood and atmosphere. It seems to me that it’s a great tool for creating surreal fine art photography and seeing the world in a different perspective. This type of lens makes the edges become out of focus so it seems the viewer is drawn into the frame. I think this is why these images are so powerful and alive, sometimes even inducing motion feelings. Everything becomes blurry, dreamy, soft and some have even told me that some photos give them a sense of nausea, anxiety and restlessness. Putting it all together we realized that this is how some  dreams that are surreal make you feel so the title stuck trough the years.

You can see selected works from this ever evolving series here: http://www.photocosma.net/portfolio/G00008kNAkAGjN00

Shutterstock Blog Feature

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Forest road in Transylvania

Shutterstock has a blog post on  “9 Exceptional Photos That Look Like Paintings” and one of my photos – Forest Road in Transylvania has been featured.

As people who follow my work know, a picturesque look is what I try to achieve, together with a special mood and atmosphere, and it seems that the folks at Shutterstock got that too. I am andreiuc88 on Shutterstock. Got that nickname in 2009 and didn’t change it. Here’s what they had to say on it:

“Many photographs seem like paintings because they effortlessly evoke a complex mood or feeling with just a glance. Such is the case with this eerie photo of a desolate pathway in a dense forest in Transylvania, Romania. The combination of the fog, sparse flowerbeds, and low light make for a creeping sense of dread.

The effect here is not accidental – the photographer, andreiuc88, is somewhat of an expert when it comes to moody, atmospheric photography. A nature photographer based in Transylvania (the literary home of Dracula), andreiuc88 creates a variety of nightmare-inducing landscapes.”

You can read the whole post and see some truly amazing pictures here: https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/9-photos-that-look-like-paintings

The European Nature Trust article

The European Nature Trust has published an article about Photocosma:

“Atmospheric Nature Romania

Check out this sublime photography from Romania – a truly special place.

Andrei Cosma is an atmospheric nature photographer from Romania. Over eight years he has been bringing to life nature – extraordinary and surreal in the eyes of the viewer.

 

This is a journey for the mind and soul.

Working with his brother, he plans trips and shoots searching for the sublime, the mystery of nature and its wild beauty. Take a sneak peek at a selection below:

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– CLOUDS

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– GREEN NATURAL FOREST WITH FOG

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– ENCHANTED FOREST

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– ANCIENT TREE WITH GIANT ROOTS

Have a look at some more work from PhotoCosma here. 

 

Nature Stock Photos Launch

 

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Nature Stock Photos was created with the desire to offer our clients a collection of high quality curated nature images with a modern aesthetic and special atmosphere and to make it easier for them to find what they want. We are offering an alternative pricing and licensing system – one in which the client pays only for the size and usage he needs and a simple checkout process with no need for subscriptions or accounts.

We are a dedicated two man team striving to bring you some of the most spectacular nature images. We’ve built this platform in order to have a better connection and communication with our clients. We are not competing with anyone and are not offering you millions of mindless images. Instead we are taking the time to hand pick only the best and most valuable images for you because in our 8 years of experience we have always put quality over quantity.

The website is created on the Symbiostock platform and I am really pleased with the result. To find what you want you can browse the collections or use the search button. More photos will be added but the collection will remain relevant and legible trough the curation process.

I also have a surprise for my followers: 30% discount until the end of the year by using the “30%off” coupon at checkout! More to come.