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Dāmboviţa River, Bucureşti, Romania - August 1992

By tobydeveson  
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.


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achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
19 Aug 2010 12:03PM
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!


tobydeveson 19 13 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 12:15PM
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.

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
19 Aug 2010 2:55PM
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
20 Aug 2010 8:46AM
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 !
martspic66 8 2 2 United Kingdom
16 Feb 2013 10:51AM
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.


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