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.
They pick through reinforced concrete frames of former factory monsters, power stations and furnaces, dismantling monuments of formerly enforced modernization which have corroded into a stage set.
One year ago, I began photographing the scenes of a world irreversibly decaying, the transformation of a Balkan country surviving the region’s hardest dictatorship. In essence, I am recording two intertwined stories: the physical environment after the fall, and the resilience of humanity struggling to persevere.
— Tamas Dezso
1st Place, Fine Art/Conceptual, LensCulture Earth Awards:
Visualizing the retreat of glaciers can be difficult—by charting the gradual reduction of Lewis Glacier with lines of petroleum-fueled fire, this series dramatically calls us to consider our part in the diminishing natural landscape.
Focusing on masculine energy and drawing from the artist's queer experience, this series of intimate portraits examines identity, desire, and intimacy.
With a tradition stretching back to Alexander the Great, the immense salt mines of Pakistan produce the world's supply of "Himalayan" pink salt. Come take a look inside.
Andrea Botto photographs planned explosions in public spaces, where the spectators and the context become more interesting than the blast itself.