Alex Ramsay Posted July 25, 2019 Share Posted July 25, 2019 I've just returned from a week walking in the hills of northern Romania, two of us and a guide. We were met everywhere with kindness and hospitality, sometimes in very remote places. A tiny amount of Romanian went a very long way and got us deep into entertaining conversations about farming in our respective countries, the idiocy of Brexit and so on. Everyone we met was pleased to be photographed, when asked. On our last day we walked down into a village known for its distinctive vernacular architecture. We were sitting outside a bar when two large coaches drew up and disgorged crowds of visitors, mostly though not all Chinese. They looked like extras from Apocalypse Now, wearing flak jackets and festooned with cameras with enormously long lenses. They proceeded to spread out through the village, photographing everything and everyone without consent, leaning over fences to shoot people sitting in their gardens, poking cameras into windows - they even photographed us, for some unknown reason. They also casually dropped their rubbish, which we picked up and made them take away. It was a shocking and disturbing thing to see - and, speaking as a photographer, shaming. I don't know what the answer is, but that village and others like it will very soon lose its innocence. Later that evening in the same village I met two men returning from work. I greeted them and asked if I might take a photograph of them. I need hardly say that they refused. Alex 4 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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