An old lady from the Transylvanian village of Biertan, one of several villages built by medieval German (Saxon) immigrants and now famous for their fortified churches which have earned them a place among the UNESCO world heritage sites.
The number of ethnic Germans still living in these villages has gone down sharply during the last few decades and only a handful remain. In the nearby village of Aţel (Hetzeldorf) I saw a memorial plaque saying that the German school was founded in 1397 and the tuition in the German language had ceased in 1993.
Biertan (a.k.a. Birthälm) is probably the most famous of these dozens of Saxon villages. I will show two more pictures from there in Workshops.
The old woman, by the way, was not particularly pleased at having my camera pointed at her, but she still managed a smile as we came closer, so she wasn't too upset after all.
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Ola_Kwiatek (0) 2010-07-19 4:27
Wonderful old woman, amazing scene. Very fine architecture. Good composition. Sophisticated work.
yquem46 (38746) 2010-07-19 4:35
Hard to find more simple, though beautiful, street life scene
This one gives us a clear idea how is the life in rural Romania
The green house looks superb and unexpected in such a little village
I'm a bit disturbed by the window at far right. Maybe I'd have tried to shoot a little earlier, one or two steps, so as to get rid of it
Have a nice day
Best to you
jhm (140054) 2010-07-19 4:36
I don't know as these lady is very old, the clothing shows a old lady, but perhaps is these lady but sixty year.
It shows perfect the daily life of Romania.
Indeed a lot people are not happy with to see an camera
Composition and presentation are very well done. TFS.
patdeph (35748) 2010-07-19 5:55
very interesting scene,where we can see how the people are in this village,and show a beautiful architecture with nice colors on the background!Very well seen!
weetrees (15) 2010-07-19 8:17
interesting colours in the background complementing the old lady who is darker and more contrasting
A face that has seen many a long day working away no doubt!
Thanks for sharing this one
wojtpod (774) 2010-07-19 8:53
Fantastic contrast betewwn green tenement and dirty wall behind the old woman. Wery well captured csene.
jasmis (57824) 2010-07-19 11:10
Beautiful theme. I love such motifs. Amazing rural scenery.
Regards my dear friend.
saxo042 (37578) 2010-07-19 12:51
Well, she doesn´t look too happy to have here picture taken here. She should know that she is now on TE and a wortldwide celebrity! Fine colours on the green house behind her.
Hälsningar från Beito
agjika (3616) 2010-07-19 13:29
I can name a lot of countries where you can see this sort of view! Very original photo, great composition and I love those green houses in the back, very unusual architecture.
Thanks for sharing
SteveH (6241) 2010-07-20 3:47
Hi Gert, Another captivating scene from (for me) an unknown country. The BG elements are good, with the decaying render on the wall, the green paint with white trim. And of course the main subject fits in perfectly. Cheers, Steve
wolf38 (31282) 2010-07-20 5:20
Hi Gert. Traditions, habits and adherence to the old ways. Old people are like they are. That makes it so interesting for photographers. The photo pleases me very well. The surrounding area also fits perfectly for this shot. Very nice. Regards, Wolfgang.
samratrayc (438) 2010-07-20 7:34
what i love abt this shot is the near fluorescent buildings in the BG that contrast the dull colors on the lady's face .. making this shot a story by itself
lousat (77804) 2010-07-21 1:54
Hi Gert,very very nice composition whit the best light for the best result,i like a lot this kind of pics especially when very well taken like your,great colors and sharpness too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.
Glint (6167) 2010-07-22 15:06
this is excellent. The very good light has broght out fine details, especially of the house wall.. The woman has lots of character.
danos (87475) 2010-07-24 2:53
nice the snapshot from the passing by old woman crossing the alley of her village in Transylvania.The green paint of the house is the eye catcher of the image as the clarity of it.
Have a nice weekend,Danos
skippy007 (12510) 2010-07-26 0:20
Hello Gert, I really like this one, I think it comes together really well, the old lady is interesting in her dress, uncomfortable pose & well placed in the frame, the path is a nice leadin & draws our eye to those somewhat unexpected green houses, fine textured wall in BG, all in all a beautiful shot of good quality. Compliments
scroller (3407) 2010-07-26 5:34
Soething that I like very much in your photos is the including of persons. Even though she seems not enjoying it fully its a very nice composition with the colourful green house in the background!
francio64 (38276) 2010-07-26 5:37
bella immagine di vita quotidiana, animata dalla presenza dell'anziana donna.
Un momento decisivo ben catturato.
Luci ben equilibrate.
clio (27955) 2010-08-10 13:40
It is a great photo! The presence of the green color is extraordinary. I like the very dynamic old woman walking , the play of the shadows, the architecture in the background... fantastic... Congratulations
ines8 (6098) 2010-08-16 1:52
This is a beautiful composition, i like it very much.
ingvar (2088) 2011-03-17 16:20
Hello dear Greg,
it is always very touching to see the elderly, the signs of their lives You can see on their faces. And even more touching to see the portraits of people who have suffered much in their lives and have a great dignity to go on.
And I thank you for the opportunity that You give us to see these people through your photos!
Miguel82 (24223) 2013-07-28 1:53
Good morning Gert,
Nice report from that city of Transylvania, the character is well positioned in the photo
I like the beautiful green in the bg
Have a nice We
ourania (32083) 2014-04-12 5:48
I like very much the perspective of this composition and the way you isolated the walking lady and a small but eloquent part of the village. Her expression makes the photo even more interesting, the interaction is effective. It's nice to know that what she considered at first an invasion of her privacy, after a moment became a pleasant distraction:) The details and colours of the setting are presented superbly and the sense of depth is pleasing. The workshop pictures are great and, together with your note, make your presentation quite thorough. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
daddo (24406) 2014-09-07 15:57
Hi Gert. Intriguing photo as it just gives a hint (a green hint) of what the architecture is like.A quiet walk to the neighbour interrupted by an inquisitive tourist and his camera. Tourists are popping up everywhere these days.Seriously, a pleasant slice of life in an otherwise uneventful corner of the world and dying by the sound of it, like the township of Arbanasi where my dad was born. Many there had emigrated, other have succumbed to the Slav culture and have forgotten the ancient tongue. Regards. Klaudio.