The above is not meant to be incriminating to any person, of any social status. They were not waited for they were not hunted down, they were there.
All photos were taken on December 2nd 2009, around Sala Polivalenta, Iasi Romania.
You may not use any of the images without my consent.
Any feedback is welcomed and encouraged
Camera used: Canon 400D + kit lens
Again but never sorry, thanking and for making the DD possible
gave an ample comment that better explains the phenomenon, and much more. So please take time to read it.
"to be very honest, in the beginning it looked like they were unemployed people queueing up for something like applying for some state-sponsored jobs or queueing up for unemployment allowance or something like that.
Anyway, I certainly know what you are talking about. My feeling is that this is unfortunately inescapable, and the game of politics is always this one: manipulation of masses, where the players try to give populations whatever reason they need (wine, for example) to give them what they want from them (the power). And in order to get elected, a leader will even have to transform himself into different things for different people.
Personally, I just don't believe in a truly conscious and independent population at large. Maybe because a big part of people just doesn't want to be conscious or maybe because populations are so insanely large in today's world and they become so isolated and lack any sense of community at all. Sometimes, the only direct leadership a lot of people have end up being the television in their living room or a face in printed media, and no one ever looks into their eyes to make a direct connection to them in everyday life. It's really like they are hipnotized and the only thing that matters is what happens on TV, and any interactions people have seem to be in some unimportant corner of the world and they themselves don't believe their lives are really as important as the things they see on TV, so they have a hard time believing that they have a voice that counts. That way, people forget what leadership is and start treating it as ordinary consumption, hence the wine distribution for added value over the opposing candidates. That's why a lot of people seem to think that politics is something you can like or not like, instead of something that's necessarily a part of life for anyone who lives in society.
If these leaders were in it because they have a powerful wish to see their country be a better place for its population, it wouldn't matter that populations voted for them because they offered a picnic, what matters is that they elected a good leader. But the problem is that most of the time these people are just career politicians.
So what we really need is for people that care about things to not feel alienated or intimidated by the filthy corrupt political establishment that is in place in any given country, and move in and start taking political territory, cuz no change will happen if the people that have the vision don't make it happen. And that's the truly selfless leader, you take a population that doesn't even deserve it and you nurture them and care deeply about them, even though maybe they just accepted you because you gave them free wine.
That's not to say that your article is unimportant, certainly not. You do your share by documenting and writing about it, giving voice to people that have it in them but don't think it is a welcome thing to say. How many people in the world know what's wrong with it but don't want to disrupt the status quo? Too many... And they depend on other people speaking for them, so they can join in the choir.
Thanks for the article and for inspiring some thoughts, it's great to see it.."
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E inca adevarat. Ma gandesc daca oare va fi vreodata altfel.
Foarte bine realizat, aproape m-a facut sa plang.
nu o as se schimbe nimic. trebuie doar sa te lupti tu cu tine sa nu le mai accepti. orice schimbare incepe cu tine
I wish your people all the best.
I also believe in karma and the laws of nature. These people think that just because they live on the biggest hill and possess the lion's share of the wealth, they are immune to these laws. Knowing this is what makes me smile while enduring their rhetoric.
I am a blue collar working man.....I raise my glass to all my brothers.
and your captions are what makes the images come to life. And they fit so many counties today, sadly...Great work, and thanks!
O sa fiu stresat de cum am sami gasesc un serviciu in afara tarii nu invers,mam saturat de mizerie.
I love your pictures and feel you earnt every last bit of that DD, but...
...I couldn't disagree more with your cynical point of view and I'm sure many of the people you have portrayed would also strongly disagree with you, most of them being old enough to have lived under the tyranny of the "reformist" leader who "cared about his people". Would you prefer to have another Ceauşescu to the choice of the "ignorant masses"?
I'm sure it was better back then with jobs (forced labour) and people disappearing in the middle of the night...
I don't doubt that many do not really know who they are voting for, but neither can anyone blame them for taking what little they can. If you had nothing, you would know this to be true.
After what they have been through, their apathy is also blameless, anything is better than what they had before.
The decision of the people is not always what you would like, neither are the politicians (ok, this is a gross understatement), but at the end of the day it does mean there can be change, hopefully for the better (which I'm sure is what we all would like to see for Romania).
I didn't really want to get into a political debate, but I loved your images and after reading your comment felt the need to tell you what I thought.
I love that your work gave me so much food for thought.
It was better back then because they had no real choices. Now they have choices. A lot of people died for the choices they have today.
...how do you know it was better then?
"The decision of the people is not always what you would like" I am very aware of that... I am powerless against the crowd , but this is my way of getting a part of the crowd to think it over...
At the moment I'm not thinking straight.. just gout out of a couple of stressful days at college... I 'll give your comment a second look when I'll reconnect to society like before
thank you for sharing your thoughts on the matter
And the essay speaks the truth.
A very well deserved DD indeed.
It's 1:33 in the morning and I think your comment is the last one of the whole... I'm not complaining , I had a lot to learn.
I appreciate very much, congratilions.