What this traveller saw….in Maramures

Yesterday, I showed three images of solitary figures seen in Transylvania, Romania. Now for travel in another region of Romania, Maramures…and one image from just over the border, in the Ukraine.

Around dawn in the Ukraine

Deep in rural Maramures

At the Merry Cemetery, Sapanta

These images have been the subject of past posts in colour (for anyone who has a long memory).

22 comments

  1. It seems that Romania is caught in a time warp. These images might well have been from the 1930s.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. I never heard of a ‘Merry Cemetery’ before. 🙂 Your photos are all quite spooky in B&W, with just a solitary figure appearing in each.

  3. You certainly travelled off the beaten track! The middle image is similar to the countryside in northern Slovenia, complete with the drying racks. I’d like to see it in colour with the meadow flowers. The cemetery is so ornate – so at odds to the peasant life-style I imagine.

    • Sue

      We did travel a fair bit off the beaten track in various countries! I have always been drawn to seeing how people live… See my previous response for some info on the cemetery

  4. Nice photos, Sue- I saw a film about this kind of cemeteries. They are really so colorful and beautiful. Regards Mitza

  5. I love the title of this series: inspired. I’ve registered it before, and forgotten to comment. The photos as always are atmospheric and you must have a population of ones sufficient for a small country of their own.

    • Sue

      Well, a lot of these converted into monochrome have already been seen before, in colour! So I don’t have as many as you might imagine, Meg!

  6. I like these, Sue. They have a solemn and somber feel in black and white, with the figures walking away as they are. Very atmospheric.

  7. Is Merry the name of the cemetery or a town? Perhaps it’s because they have a high old time there.

  8. The Merry Cemetery is quite interesting because it reflects the the way death was perceived in general in Romanian folklore, as not being something that is necessarily tragic and celebrating one’s life was just as important as mourning.

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