One of my favorite photographic themes is Romanian traditions. And when I say this, I mean traditional clothing, traditional crafts, traditional houses and the way the romanian peasants lived their life.
One of the most remarkable facts is the romanian peasant was always very inventive. Unfortunately, this was a need that came from the poverty. Unable to buy anything, in many cases bound to the land they worked, the romanian peasant was forced to find ways to improve the quality of life or at least to survive.
Many traditions were lost, but there are still a few determined not to let this valuable things go. I consider myself one of them. At the beginning of this year I've met a few craftsmen that teach the old ways to the young....
At the end of the last month (on 27th October 2012) I was asked to drive someone at a fair, 50 km away from my town. He told me the traditional craftsmen from Slatina will be there. For me, it is always a joy to meet this people. But, usually, at this fairs nothing especially happens. Every participant is trying to sell the products of their work, but often this is a hard endeavor. Not many are interested in traditional things.
As a young boy, I loved to eat in clay bowls and plates. Nowadays, there are few the ones who still does that. It true, a traditional clay bowl is not perfect like a modern glass or ceramic bowl, but for me is a bond with the old way of living of our ancestors. Plus, the food stay warm longer :)
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