#TBT – Romanian street portrait

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#TBT - Romanian street portrait

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Bucharest, the Home Stretch

The Romanian adventure started for me almost two years ago, to the day. I’ve spent two years at my current position, with my girlfriend, with my grandpa, two years I will never forget.

Today, Monday 23rd, is St. Gheorghe here. I’ve lost my grandpa exactly three months ago today. And it’s my last day at work. We’ve come full circle I believe.

So I guess it’s pretty logical that today’s shots, one of the latest I took, are from a place I first shot two years ago, Lipscani.

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La Multi Ani Tataie.

The Village Museum – Folklore part 2

Here’s the last post on the Village Museum visit on Dragobete, the Romanian Valentine’s Day. The celebrations ended with a beautiful traditional songs and dances concert held by artists from different regions of the country. Two of them were from Oltenia, where I grew up, which brought back nice memories. Notice the traditional costumes once again, carefully handmade (usually), each of them with regional particularities that I am, unfortunately, not able to discern and/or explain. Enjoy!

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This concludes the Village Museum on Dragobete photography set. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, it was an extremely fun day and I’m looking forward to going back to the Museum for their next organized activities (cooking and photography)!

The Village Museum – WWI Troop Reenactment

This was a nice thing to do, even though I didn’t quite get the link between this and Dragobete. We had a WWI troop walking around the village, posing for visitors andΒ singing songs, songs that they apparently learnt from their grandparents. Every detail seemed spot on, even though I admit I’m no master of WWI uniforms and accessories. Still, nicely played.

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The last part of the Museum’s set will be a second traditional performance by a few different musicians. Bye for now πŸ™‚

The Village Museum – Cooking Contest

This tiny cooking contest was fun, it was just about making forms out of dough, but everyone enjoyed it, and I even got to go home with Β food and a jar of jam!

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Cheers everyone! Next up, WWI reenactment crew! πŸ™‚

The Village Museum – Walking Around

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Next up, cooking contest!

The Village Museum – Folklore part 1

While walking around the village, we noticed everyone was gathering around a particular house. In front of this house, we saw our first Dragobete “attraction”. Teenagers, wearing traditional clothes, singing and dancing a traditional song, saying goodbye to a harsh winter, welcoming a beautiful spring, and most of all, celebrating love. With flowers in their hair and hands, they celebrated Dragobete in front of a delighted crowd.

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Next up, some shots from around the village!

The Village Museum – Cat Sound!

The Village Museum in Bucharest is a very nice and quiet place. Some of you have probably seen this post from a year ago. Well, this time, I’ve been invited by a friend and former photography classmate of mine, Alina. I love this museum. Maybe because I grew up in and around houses that looked like some from this place, maybe because most of the objects displayed there are still “available” at my grandparents’ place. On thing is for sure, I always come back there with great pleasure.

So I will start this set with a post on the museum cats. Everyone here knows those cats. They have somewhere between twenty and thirty of them playing/sleeping around, you’re always welcomed by at least a few of them. So it seems logical to me to start off with kitties!

The museum cats are all over the place. Most of the time friendly, sometime not quite. They have some dog competition but nothing too significant.

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Which brings us to this little guy. He’s the most famous cat in town. The “Brown One”, they all have names but everyone calls him “the Brown One” or even “the Cat”. He’s not too friendly but can still play around when you’re interesting enough for him.

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N.B.: My lovie’s little piggy, the one holding the stick dangerously close to this tiger, got clawed – and it bled nicely for around ten minutes.

Next up, a peek at some Dragobete traditional songs and dances. You won’t have the sound but the image isn’t too shabby πŸ™‚

Rooftops

I work on the 14th floor. Which, besides the long wait in front of the elevators, also comes with a nice perk, the view. Those of you familiar with the blog have seen sunsets and other things from this floor. I wanted to shoot the sunset through the winter fog today, but instead, I ended up shooting fog and clouds. So I decided to work a little on shadows, shapes, and on these rooftops I won’t be seeing in a couple of months anymore. It’s a set of random shots, I like random shots. Enjoy πŸ™‚

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Most of these have been taken with the Minolta 500mm f/8. It was interesting to play around with it on this particular subject given the focal length. I could have done many more abstract shots for instance, but it’s been a very foggy and cloudy day, I hope tomorrow will bring the sun back a little, these foggy sunsets with the Basarab bridge somewhere not too far are amazing.

Bye for now πŸ™‚

What Lies Beneath

Beneath the snow, nothing too interesting. Thank god it’s winter time, it’s snowing all over the place in Eastern Europe (with all the dreadful consequences that we all know of), and everyone is posting winter photographs. Ice, snow, people walking, look no further, you’ll get it all here! I wish I could go out more, but it’s pretty much impossible because the only moments I can actually stay outside for more than 45 minutes without a limb freezing and falling, I’m already at work or it’s stormy outside. Like now.

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