Some photographers are keeping their camera in their rucksack and they are only using it when nothing pleasant is happening around anymore. That is, only after a great meal, desert and coffee, not before a lovely chat with their mates, and just in the case all potential partners have fled the scene.
Some others never put down their gear, never stop observing and commenting with their photographs. These others are giving us through their perseverance a bright example and an alternative view of what we are seeing and of what we are experiencing.
During the ΦΩS we all paid a short visit at the Athens Meat and Fish Market. I had a super performing DSLR. The author had only a phone camera. My pictures were a failure. His pictures, once again, transgressed the ordinary and became unique examples of meta-realism (a comment on reality).
Photos by: Corneliu Sarion
...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)
The horse is an icon of civilization. Or not. The way it is treated is also a sign of humanity. Sometimes they are both absent.
Both humanity and civilisation.
Corneliu Sarion has been photographing them throughout his visits at the Romanian landscapes. And the results are astonishing.