by Kiwiana Ngabung – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Her passion for and interest in photography and women has brought her all over the world.
Meet 31-year-old Romanian photographer, Mihaela Noroc.
At 27, she decided to leave her ordinary life in Bucharest and set off on an adventure, after a trip to Ethiopia that changed her perception of the world.
“Imagine, in one single country you could see Muslim women completely covered (including their face) and women from different tribes completely naked.
“Besides that, I was surprised to see so much grace, even in poor and harsh environments. After that journey, I realized it would be amazing to show the diversity of our planet through portraits of women,” she tells Wall Street Journal.
Mihaela’s Atlas of Beauty project shows the beauty and diversity of our world through portraits of women in all walks of life.
“Through my photography I want to capture that feeling of warmth and serenity which comes from the eyes of a woman and can balance sometimes the negativity we see in the media.”
The project now in its third year has made news all over the world, from Forbes, Huffington Post and BBC to Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. And through this adventurous, splendour-capturing artistry she’s been in over 45 countries already.
“My goal is to continue for many years and capture beauty in all countries of the globe, if possible, making this Atlas an inspiration for all women that try to be themselves, natural and authentic.”This is basically how light Mihaela Noroc travels. Source: Mihaela Noroc
Atlas of Beauty started off with Mihaela’s own savings, and since its gained momentum and fame, it’s been supported through crowdfunding as well.
In November 2014 Mihaela completed the first portfolio, containing 105 pages of photos and short stories. She’s currently working to complete the second one, planning to visit new countries and photograph more authentic women.