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© Roxana Brivent-Barnes
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UploadedJuly 20, 2010
TakenNovember 29, 2007
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D80
Exposure1/800 sec at f/7.1
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The buildings are incredible dirty, I wonder if it is safe, which I don't think so. The balconies are covered with huge adverts, meaning that light will be less in the Winter time, and the poor people will pay more towards electricity bills, but for time being they are happy, a bit of surplus is in their pockets now when is need it.

In the Did Romania changed? photo essay.

17 responses

  • patrick john o'doherty

    patrick john o'doherty said (20 Jul 2010):

    Never even thought of it that way. Your compassion is a Gift

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (20 Jul 2010):

    Remarkable. Where is this Roxana? Rumania?

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (20 Jul 2010):

    Yes Alexis, Romania.

  • Joseph

    Joseph (Deleted) gave props (21 Jul 2010):


  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (21 Jul 2010):

    Well done -- your photo and commentary are powerful.

  • Eduardo Valdez

    Eduardo Valdez said (22 Jul 2010):

    that´s pretty harsh....... napoles/naples has got some similar looking buildings. well, many poor cities/towns/countries do.

    But this one has something particular about it......I´d love to photograph it. I will definietely go to Romania sometime soon.

    What does it say there ??? Something about 10 hours difference....

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (22 Jul 2010):

    Answer to Eduardo question;

    Carrefour is a french chain of supermarkets in Romania, and it said "If you find somewhere else a product cheaper, they will pay 10 times more the difference!"

  • Andrea Gamba

    Andrea Gamba said (29 Jul 2010):

    So you are from Bukaresti... I notice this building as soon as I got The city last year. It's a landmark for me because the near by shopping mall... ahahaha.

    Nice one anyway

  • Lazarescu Costin

    Lazarescu Costin gave props (30 Jul 2010):

    Nice one ! (But trust me ! Thay don`t pay you that difference ! )

  • Lazarescu Costin

    Lazarescu Costin gave props (30 Jul 2010):

    Your photos from Romania are quite representative, but you need to see the both sides of the coin. I`m soon going to dedicate a photo essay to you on that theme ! It`s a promise !

  • Robert Allan

    Robert Allan gave props (5 Aug 2010):


  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (6 Aug 2010):

    I bet they don't Costin, thats why I translated what it written on that advert, the irony of it makes me sick!

  • robert petersen

    robert petersen (Deleted) said (19 Sep 2010):

    thank you for taking us to a different culture macho gratis

  • Richard Bruns

    Richard Bruns said (19 Oct 2010):

    Roxana - thanks for writing and shooting this incredible essay, and sharing it. I have only been to Europe once, in 1970 for about six or seven months. I was in Spain during Franco's years, and in Greece during the time of the Four Colonels. The Soviet Union was at its height of power and visiting any Eastern Block country was very problematic, like 'visiting' Iran today. It is both sad and tragic that the fall of the Eastern Block seems not to have changed things for the poor and oppressed. I have a winemaker friend who consults for a week every month with a winery in Hungry. He says that the middle class is very small there as well. It looks like I will not likely go to Europe again. Very expensive for us in America now. Our middle class is shrinking as well. Greed is a disease that is rampant world-wide, and America right now is full of crazy right wingers who don't the difference between facisim, communism or socialism ... not to mention anarchy. We are all living in scary times, I think. Thanks again. Your work is an inspiration, however difficult it is to visit those memories. Be well

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (20 Oct 2010):

    Outstanding work Roxana ~ !!!!!

  • Giovanni Mannara'

    Giovanni Mannara' said (20 Oct 2010):

    The mocking ad is top left!
    Your touching story talks about the epic fail of capitalism, 20 years later than comunism. The difference is that you had a dream to fight for, while actually we (the western world) are just afraid to loose something. This make us closed behind our fence, mistrustful, suspicious and unable to fight for the common good.
    The abilty consisted of making up a new scapegoat and as goats, we're following so that the gap is getting bigger and bigger. Any solution?

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (21 Oct 2010):

    Solutions? I also try to wake-up, to understand the new Giovanni, I settled very late, and although I gained the freedom that I dreamed about it, I face the same disillusions like most of you. On top, I also lost something that was very important, important because I was blind regarding other cultures. I lost spontaneity, and I made lots of friends behind the screen, a world based on electronic devices and closed doors, almost fake!

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