Monday, July 26, 2010

Vama Veche in Print

First of all, I apologize for the huge edit that I'm throwing at you here. It is a large project that I started working on sort of without realizing it. I've been going to Vama Veche for a few years, but most times I did not work while I was there. That changed about three months ago, when DOR magazine asked me to do a photo essay about the place.

In between then and now I went there quite a few times. The idea was to document how or if the place has changed since it was famous for being deserted and somewhat exclusive, a hideout for the bohemian. The writer and myself worked separately, so what you see here is my own interpretation of the place. It is hard for me to show what the place was like, as I was not here during its golden times. Therefore, I tried to understand the place, then attempted to make pictures that would somehow show what it means to me. I like to plan things when I work, to avoid getting lost between ideas, but of course there are always surprises that throw me off the plan, or, better said, episodes that add to the original sketch, such as the kids in the previous post.

I've found a couple of pictures that I took three years ago that fit this story as well (first and fourth in the series), but most of it has been shot over the last two months or so. The first nine pictures represent the edit that has just been published a couple of days ago in the magazine. The rest are pictures that I liked that somehow represented a mood I wanted to convey, but were maybe a little too vague for the magazine. I'll keep working on this story in the upcoming months. I'll try to focus a little more on the lives of the people who are not there for fun, which is something I feel is incomplete in the pictures I've taken so far. Thanks for looking!

PS: If you can get your hands on DOR magazine, don't hesitate. The article about Vama Veche, among many, is a great read.















8 comments:

Alexandru Zaharia said...

caragialeste: urasc vama veche, iubesc fotografiile de acolo!

Dedi said...

poza cu cei doi care isi admira blonzul este geniala. am ramas mut de cand am vazut-o in revista.
felicitari!

Cosmin Andrei said...

sunt foarte multe imagini bune dar mie mi se pare ca e mai mult o privire insistenta si voit obiectiva asupra vamii de acum.
eu nu vad indicii cu privire la trecutul locului ci vad doar diferenta dintre doua lumi - cea a localnicilor si cealalta, a celor veniti in vizita.

eu parca imi mai aduc aminte cate ceva de acum vreo 12 ani (desi eram cam pustan -14-15ani- si nu prea intelegeam eu cu ce se mananca) ... nu stiu, poate ar trebui sa treci pe la Bibi si sa intrebi cum era cand au deschis ei crasma sau poate ar trebui sa cauti nitel pe malul marii intre vama si 2 mai , poate gasesti ceva veterani ai locurilor...

Tully said...

Can I have a print of the fourth photo down? LOVE IT dude! This stuff is kicking butt

Cristi said...

superbe

AlexM said...

Great Work !

Chiru Andreea said...

super!

katie said...

thse are fantastic. i really love that fourth shot... with the middle body in foreground separating two bodies on either side... really nice andrei.

one favor, when you get a minute, can you update your blogroll link to go to my new blog? i'm not posting on the old one anymore!!

http://www.katiebarnes.com/blog

thanks!!