Exploring the old ways in Maramures

Mihai Tilileu stands proudly next to his hogs in the village of Breb in the Maramures county of Romania. (Kalle Koponen)

Mihai Tilileu stands proudly next to his hogs in the village of Breb in the Maramures county of Romania. (Kalle Koponen)

One of the most striking things about the place had nothing to do with photography. It was the soundscape. The lack of any modern humming of industrial and urban background noise. The place is Maramures, a remote area of Romania bordering Ukraine. To a remarkable extent Maramures has escaped many facets of ┬ácontemporary life and remains like an outdoor museum of peasant life a century ago. Going to Maramures is a very pleasant experience. People are nice, the pace of life is contemplative. It was clearly one of my more interesting photo shoots in recent times. I have collected a selection of Maramures images here. Have a look and travel back in time…

 

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