Post Communist Romania
The collapse of the Soviet Union led to the 25-year dictatorial regime in Romania. But «Nothing passes without a trace». Since 2011, the photographer Tamas Dazho has been documenting the destructive heritage of communism and life in local villages that are still trying to adapt to new times.
«Cult buildings and factories disappear, the villages are empty with an incredible speed — You need to shoot it now or never, — Says Tamasha. — The purpose of my shooting — convey the world that can imperceptibly and rapidly disappear forever due to the transitional nature of the era».
Romania joined the European Union in 2007, stamping a place in modern arena, at least political. But rural residents do not see the benefits of change — in the villages everywhere unemployment. Someone retains traditional classes (farmers, shepherds), and someone persuades earn money, only selling metal, brick — Materials from collapful buildings. And the buildings demolish, at the same time depriving the inhabitants of the source of income.
It may seem that the transition of rural Romania in the post-Soviet period is incredibly delayed, but, according to the photographer, and people live there in a completely different rhythm, unusual for many people of the Western world. «Time, as well as the scale of values, is calculated here quite differently, — Says Tamasha. — It can be seen in long evening conversations, by clothes that can be made by months manually, subjects that store and use centuries».
The photographer visited Romania 30 times, spending a lot of time with the local, who were glad that he was interested in their lives. At some point, he refused exclusively a documentary approach, to find it inappropriate for experienced and accumulated impressions.