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.
These images have been the subject of past posts in colour (for anyone who has a long memory).
It seems that Romania is caught in a time warp. These images might well have been from the 1930s.
Best wishes, Pete.
Just over a decade ago, when I went, it was fairly unchanged from 200 years prior…now, I imagine it is somewhat different…for example, almost nobody in the rural parts owned a car when we went.
Now they are exporting them, as Dacias!
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.
Yes, it’s interesting how the mood can be transformed by converting to monochrome in certain ways…I do play about with high or low key, variations in contrast, film type etc….
I couldn’t immediately find my colour image of the Merry Cemetery, so here’s a website: https://travelguideromania.com/merry-cemetery-sapanta-maramures/
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.
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
Nice photos, Sue- I saw a film about this kind of cemeteries. They are really so colorful and beautiful. Regards Mitza
A lot of craftsmanship!
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.
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!
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.
Many thanks, Tom. I do feel that the images I get of figures walking away tend to be quite emotive.
Just wonderful 🙂
Thank you, Lynn!
Is Merry the name of the cemetery or a town? Perhaps it’s because they have a high old time there.
It’s the affectionate name for the cemetery in Sapanta….the gravestones include images from the person’s life, celebrating their life
Yes, they were beautifully crafted
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.
And it’s how I think we should view it…