Romanian Photo Projects 2015

Written by Cristian Bassa

Dear friends,
Here at Oitzarisme you get to discover lots of photo projects, series and photographic endeavors. Here is a list of Romanian photo projects you must follow.
Enjoy!

Oina Project – Bogdan Boghițoi and Sorin Vidis

“This is a one year photojournalistic project aiming at creating a visual record of Oina as it stands now.
What is oina? The stereotypical answer to the above question is “the national sport of Romania”. Oina somehow resembles baseball, which has prompted quite a few to speculate that it might be its old world ancestor. It is a dynamic sport, exquisitely entertaining even for the spectator, where each second means action. Nevertheless, it never became the industry like its North-American counterpart is, nor, as local sports often do, does it sell holiday packages, the same way petanque does for France.
Far from becoming a tourist trap or multi-billion money making machine, by and large, oina lives a quiet but fragile life in backwater Romania. As a matter of fact it is mostly ignored even by the Romanian public, especially by the younger generations, that are barely aware that it ever existed, let alone that it is still played and enjoyed. We can even say that its survival is a small miracle, in a post-communist society, more keen to get attuned to the latest globalized fashions. Its improbable resilience is due to a network of highly passionate practitioners, who continue to play it, teach it to children or manufacture at home the necessary gear. Thus, far from the money and fame bringing circus of major sports, which have introduced extraneous and all too material motivations, oina remains in today’s world one of the rare sanctuaries for a genuine sporting spirit.”

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New TownOliver Merce

“New Town is a district of the city Anina built in the 80’s in order to accommodate people who worked at the time in the thermal power station of Anina. This power station was supposed to work with shists, but it never produced electricity. Today, from the entire power station only a few ruins are left, the facility being closed in 1988. The photos in this series are part of a project in progress and they try to document the life of the inhabitants of this city district which, at one time, was dependent on the thermal power station.”

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Religious confessions Remus Tiplea

“I’ve started a few years ago, approximately 4 years ago to document the religious life close to where I live, close to Negresti Oas. The religious communities are very diverse and large so I found myself photographing the life of 6 religious confessions: orthodox, roman-catholic, pentecostalism, Jehova’s witness, adventism and protestantism. I try to include in this “religious life” all that is happening inside the community starting with baptism, everyday-related events and finishing with “the great passing”.

Ibiza Vlad Florut

Part of an ongoing project about the famous isle of Ibiza.

Ibiza is an island in the Mediterranean Sea, 79 kilometres (49 miles) off the coast of the city of Valencia, in eastern Spain. It is the third largest of the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain. Ibiza has become famous for the association with nightlife and the electronic music that originated on the island. It is well known for its summer club scene which attracts very large numbers of tourists, though the island’s government and the Spanish Tourist Office have controversially been working to promote more family-oriented tourism.

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The list above represents the editor’s choice. The projects above were either features on Oitzarisme.ro or came to attention via suggestion from the readers. The list is open so you can submit any project you might know. It has to be a Romanian photographer who agrees to have its photos shared on our site, it has to be an ongoing project or finalized this year. Waiting forward to your emails.

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