These pictures were taken in this year in surroundings of Salonta, a small city from Romania next to the the western border with Hungary.
The pictures are part of my ongoing project about the abandoned petrol stations next to the borderland.
All these petrol stations were built to deserve a commercial opportunity, Hungary became a member of European Community in 2004, Romania entered in UE only in 2007, in this 3 years of “financial relax” a lot of products were cheaper in Romania in comparison with any other UE member country. Because of the price, the Hungarian citizens passed the border to refuel their cars with cheaper gas, and this gave birth for this constructions really fast.
2007 the moment of acceptance of Romania as a full member in UE, was the year of falling-off for this business, they died suddenly and the buildings were left alone as mementos for this short period of rising and glory. (László-Tibor Olah)