Lens Culture is featuring a brilliant photo essay by Tamas Deszo on the loss of traditional culture in Romania. Above is the flooded village of Geamana.
Spiritual tradition and physical heritage are simultaneously disintegrating in Romania.
Time and modernization are beginning to undermine centuries-old traditions preserved in tiny villages, in communities of only a few houses, as well as the bastions of the communist era’s enforced industrialization, which became part and parcel of Romania’s recent history.
Those living in the ‘reservations of forgetting’ blend with nature, exhibiting a humility inherited through generations. They are living out their last days in evident equality of closeness to nature. Helped by time’s decay, they are diligently pulling down the absurd edifices of the environment that was inflicted on them. In the manner of termites, they carry away small pieces of immense concrete constructions on the rickety carts of poverty.
Notes for an Epilogue [Tomas Dezso]
In 2005, Norwegian photojournalist Jonas Bendiksen spent time living in slums in Nairobi, Caracas, Mumbai and Jakarta to document the conditions there. He said, “I got interested to break some of my own stereotypes of these places. What I really wanted to focus on was not the extremities, the worst poverty, or the worst slums, but on how people manage to construct daily lives in the midst of such challenges.” A slum in Caracas, Venezuela, is pictured above.
Planet Slum (Photo Essay) [Foreign Policy]
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Tagged Caracas, Jakarta, Jonas Bendiksen, Live, Mumbai, Nairobi, Neighbourhood, Photo Essay, Photography, Poverty, Slum
The New York Times has an interesting photo essay of Hainan, a super-rich island belonging to China. Above:
New apartment complexes loom over the west side of the marina. The yacht club already boasts more than 80 members who have each paid $92,000 for the privilege of parking their boats here for 23 years.
China’s Affluence Island [New York Times]