Vama Veche (historical names: Ilanlâk, Ilanlâc, Turkish: Ilanlık) is a village in Romania on the Black Sea coast, near the border with Bulgaria, at 28.57 E longitude, 43.75 N latitude. It is part of the commune of Limanu and in 2002, it had a population of 178.
It was founded in 1811 by a few Gagauz families, originally being named "Ilanlîk". Its current name literally means "Old customs point", named so after Southern Dobruja (the Cadrilater) had been included in Romania in 1913. In 1940, however, that region was ceded to Bulgaria, and the village lay once again near the border.
Even in Communist Romania, Vama Veche had the reputation of a non-mainstream tourist destination, which has only grown since the Romanian Revolution of 1989. During the communist era, concern for border patrol sight lines spared Vama Veche the development that occurred in other Romanian Black Sea resorts. It became a hangout for intellectuals; for reasons that are not exactly clear, the generally repressive regime of Nicolae Ceauşescu chose to tolerate this countercultural oasis, as long as people had their identity papers with them. Accommodations consisted of tents or rooms rented from peasants or fishermen. While camping is theoretically not permitted, to this day, many visitors or semi-permanent residents still stay in tents on the beach.
Famous for its nude beach, since the late 1990's Vama Veche has experienced development and gentrification, which has led to a "Save Vama Veche" campaign that is lobbying for the area's environmental conservation and a halt to development and mass tourism. A major part of the Save Vama Veche campaign is the 2003 founding of the Stufstock music festival. Both "Save Vama Veche" campaign and Stufstock Festival were initiated and belongs to A.P.C.A.P.B.C (Association for Conserving Bio-Cultural Protected Areas) NGO. The August 2003 festival drew a crowd of about 10,000. The 2004 edition drew about 20,000 people. The 2005 Stufstock drew a record 40,000-large crowd, formed mainly by rockers, bohemians, punkers and goths. Many argue that it has become too popular. In 2004, allegedly as a result of the campaign, legislation was enacted, limiting construction of new housing and roads or paving of existing roads. As of 2006, this seems to be enforced, with no visible new permanent structures being built within the preceding year.
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JFS (32459) 2012-05-30 0:38
I very relaxing image, I like the mood, the textures and the delicious light. Good work Daniel!
lousat (75566) 2012-05-30 1:10
Hi Daniel,a magic moment whit the beautiful colors of the late sunset,and a very original crop,i like the perspective and the silence,beautiful soft composition! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (120452) 2012-05-30 1:11
merveilleuse iamge ce museaud e barque de vieux bois et cette vue douce ce ciel ces tons cette immensité sueprbe.
bravo et amitié
m00n (2259) 2012-05-30 2:29
Your cadres are unique. The mastery of light, the planning stage,
sharpness and richness of detail ... that's all you have mastered this perfection.
Please Betray how do you do it? I like the gentle curvature of the horizon. This gives the image depth and a sense of nostalgia ... Very climatic, emotional photo
Budapestman (82620) 2012-05-30 3:00
a beautiful atmosphere with graphic details and picturesque lights, the composition is splendid, expressive photo work, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
Sergiom (58734) 2012-05-30 5:50
On peut constater que la barque a probablement beaucoup d'histoires à raconter. J'aime beaucoup que le regard suive le bord jusqu'à la pointe ce qui donne beaucoup de profondeur à l'ensemble.
SNOOP_Chan (3905) 2012-05-30 6:35
Salut Daniel, o fotografie splendida, iti da sentimentul de sfarsit de zi, de sfarsit de tot. Bine detaliile.
timecapturer (48046) 2012-05-30 6:38
a very artistic and beautifully conceived image. Love the atmosphere and the subtle romantic light. It all works so perfectly. Excellent work!
Regards - Brian.
sacimar (25975) 2012-05-30 8:47
this is a beautiful composition, I like it very much, the boat and the angle you used creates an interesting image, well seen,
Bartleby (13532) 2012-05-30 9:18
I like the mood here with the dim light, the tilted horizon. They all contribute to a very peaceful feeling.
jjcordier (75668) 2012-05-30 10:44
J'aime le cadrage, la lumière, les couleurs et le rendu des matières dans cette photo mais j'aime moins l'horizon tilté.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-05-30 11:30
I like how the wood has been frayed by the salt and wind. Very good idea the pov capture the boat increasing the depth sensenation. This photo is for a cover book.
All the best,
ines8 (6094) 2012-05-30 11:56
Ei, un pic de poezie si visare, minunat.....
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-05-30 12:03
Da, o atmosfera specifica pentru Vama. Imi place si compositia si lumina moale. Bravo!
O seara buna!
Silvio1953 (120652) 2012-05-30 12:13
Ciao Daniel, beautiful composition with lovely boat, peaceful atmosphere, splendid light and wonderful soft colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
adramad (37345) 2012-05-30 12:59
Simple but beautiful composition, I like this close-up on the bow of the boat and the sea stretching to the horizon.
Very good sharpness with the textures of wood, a nice color tone. Well done.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (53001) 2012-05-31 3:43
Hello dear Daniel
A beautiful photo, very romantic with the dusky pink tones. The vertical frame is great and I love the textures of the old boat. I would probably have straightened the horizon, but that's me.
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Kielia (23391) 2012-05-31 8:43
a simple but a beautiful composition in every sense, especially the moody colors are very attractive. Most of all I like the perspective of the boat. The management of the light is outstanding; my compliments!
Cricri (105331) 2012-05-31 12:22
J'aime le cadrage de la barque, texture et couleurs bien rendue sur un doux levé du soleil, un coté original avec le tilt de la mer
ChrisJ (96680) 2012-06-01 7:43
The tilted horizon works here because the level horizontal line in the fg boat is much more noticeable & dominant. Well seen. Good sharpness, shadow detail & minimalist pastel colors yet still with a nice subtle warm cold color contrast between the blue & orange sunset skies. Tfs!