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Dāmboviţa River, Bucureşti, Romania - August 1992

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Between 1989 and 1992 I visited Romania five times working both as a photographer on my own and with an organisation called Creative Aid for Romania. Creative Aid would spend time in orphanages, hospitals, hospices and old people's homes painting murals, holding art workshops and performing basic art therapy.

These images are a small part of a collection that was exhibited around the Uk at the time, including in London, Brighton and Norwich.

All my photographs are developed and printed by me in the darkroom. All images are framed in the camera at the time of taking and no cropping whatsoever takes place during printing. I have been using the same 24mm lens since around 1989 as well as the same make of camera - A nikkormat.

I am currently working on self publishing a book of landscapes called 'West of the Sun' and am looking for funding for the book and accompanying exhibition. Please visit my website for more information, to view further images or to read my news and blog section.

Thanks.

Camera:Nikon Nikkormat Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:24mm
Recording media:Kodak T-Max 400
Title:Dāmboviţa River, Bucureşti, Romania - August 1992
Username:tobydeveson tobydeveson
Uploaded:19 Aug 2010 - 11:10 AM
Tags:24mm, 35mm, 400, Black, Black & white, Blur, Blurred, Boys, Bridge, Bucharest, Bucureşti, Children, Dāmboviţa, Dark, Darkroom, Fixed, In, Jumping, Kodak, Lens, Light, Movement, Naked, Natural, Nikkormat, Nikomat, Photo journalism, Playing, Prime, Prin, River, Romania, Swimming, T-max, Traditional darkroom, Under, Water, White
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achieverswales
19 Aug 2010 - 12:03 PM

This photo brings a lump to your throat, having been to Romania and Albania driving Aid trucks, I have seen the terrible conditions the children were exposed to, it is photographs like this bring these conditions to us to view and to try to help them!

Regards

Trev

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tobydeveson
19 Aug 2010 - 12:15 PM

Hi Trev.

Thanks so much for your comment. I spent many months in Romania working and taking photographs and yes there were many situations that brought lumps to the throat and that still live with me. Ironically though, this was not one of them. It is part of a series (there is another on this site) I took under a bridge in Bucharest and the kids were extremely happy and having lots of fun. I have no idea if they were homeless or just out for the day for a swim, but either way it was a good time.

It is interesting though how images can say different things to different people (depending on their own experiences, as in your case) and in different contexts. Usually I show this as part of the series and tomorrow I will post another that will perhaps add another element to the story.

Thanks for posting.

Toby

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
19 Aug 2010 - 2:55 PM

Glad to have read the comments because I too was feeling sad for this child. He seemed to be so alone and scared. Wonderful reportage........Sandy

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Francois Lepinay

Visually very strong picture. Completely unappreciated on this site, as usual. But with work of that quality, you are on top of the league. It is the EPZ crowd that is at the bottom of the pit of ignorance !

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Earbypics
Earbypics  1 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Feb 2013 - 10:51 AM

Immensely powerful image, from a very dark period in Romania's history and well-documented on TV at the time, but forgotten now. Photo-journalism at its best in my view.

Martin

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