...smell of mud and sulph, turistic artefacts belonging to the communist times, people from the rural of Romania, and the sun of the Baragan of Panait Istrati; these are the main ingredients of the Amara Lake's beach. It is a strange mixture of past and present; this could be disturbing for the turists, but it is interesting for photography. (Corneliu Sarion)
"No trees grow here, and it's so far from one water well to the next that you can die of thirst half-way. The inhabitant of Bărăgan constantly hopes that one day someone will come and teach him how to live better in the Bărăgan, in this dreadful wilderness where water is hidden in the deepest bowels of the earth and where nothing grows except thistles. They cover the land in less than a week. It's the only thing the Bărăgan will tolerate, except for the sheep who lust after these thistles and devour them greedily. Come winter, the shepherd abandons this God forsaken land and returns home. Then the Bărăgan dons its white fur coat and lays to rest for six months. Nothing lives here any more. That's the Bărăgan." (Panait Istrati, Ciulinii Bărăganului)
Photos by Corneliu Sarion
In Plato's cave, the Greek philosopher emphasizes the fundamental role of the light to bring us informations about the external world. The light transforms the real world into a virtual one, the world of the shadows. The light means life and knowledge through information; but the same light destroys the information in an overexposed photographic image. Just as time, light has a dual nature not only in the sense of physics but in connection with the process of creation.
We are living day by day in a real world and in a virtual one, the world of our memories. Through its pass, time transforms the real world into a virtual one, acting as a function defined into real with values into imaginary. As it creates our memories, time destroys that memories moment by moment. (Corneliu Sarion)
We build and keep the memories which we want to be surrounded by at the end of our lives. (Bogdan Comisel)
Photos by Bogdan Comisel