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
documents the final resting places of manmade consumer goods after we no longer require them.
An isolated rural village in Western Fiords in Iceland has had close ties to nature for many generations, but young people no longer want to stay.
Prix Pictet winnerhas just published a new book of photographs from his award-winning series about the Yangtze river. He talks about his process of making this series in an exclusive for Lens Culture.
1st place, Documentary, LensCulture Earth Awards:
A worldwide obsession with high fashion sustains an entire industry built on animal sacrifice. The beautiful end-product is remorseless—it obscures the violent killing of countless animals, who spend their lives within the walls of intensive breeding facilities.