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CREDIT: Paul Hassell FRPS

Paul Hassell FRPS

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Statement of Intent

These are pictures taken in the remoter villages in Romania. They hope to illustrate the challenge of everyday life in such an environment. In order to improve the narrative nature of the work they are taken in different seasons. Time stands still here, the change comes only from the gradual moving away of the young to work in bigger towns and cities and abandon their roots. The older residents struggle to survive, living from hand to mouth with their traditions, their beliefs and history. These are photographs that aim to depict survival, each one being a window on how everyday life unfolds. I was fortunate to gain their trust and that engagement allowed a relation of character, community, but also circumstance, which is sadly based on their inability to change.