I have been to Romania three times now, it is an amazing place. Like stepping back in time.
This gentleman is in actual fact a drover, there were two of them and the village of Sancraiu pay these men (from the same village and usually older men) to look after their milking cows (one two or three per house)They start very early in the morning at the bottom of the village cracking their bull whips and as they go along so each household puts their own few cows out. (I followed the procession wondering what was going on at first) They meander through the village collecting all the animals finally we came out onto this pasture and from here the men walk and watch their charge making sure the cows don't get into the arable crop fields. At the end of the day the process is repeated but in reverse and all the cows bells chiming as they walk find their home with the occupant waits listening for their chiming bell and once the cow has been found they put them away for the night.
This happens in all the Hungarian villages in the area around Cluj.
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Iuli (838) 2006-12-05 7:31
The same thing happens with the goats in a village in southeastern Romania where my mom came from. But there people were too poor to afford to hire someone to do that for them so they would take turns themselves. Hence, they were calling the whole process "The turn". As a kid I joined them a few times and it was fun for me but I know it's a lot of work to take care of a few hundred goats. It's probably the same with the cows in your picture.
The photo could've used a bit more contrast and the composition could've been better but as a document of traditional Romanian lifestyle is great. The note is invaluable.
Vasylis (1410) 2006-12-05 18:06
That's a part of Romania ...the unchanged face of this country where the day is longer and the air is fresher.
Like this photo and your note!
c_berce (32) 2006-12-06 12:42
... this happens in Romanian villages too and it`s not specific for hungarian villages. You see, until 1918 the majority of the hungarians lived in the urban area while the rural area was inhabited in the majority by romanians.
davidescu (70) 2006-12-06 17:23
j'aime bien cette photo, ce bonhomme a quelque chose de decalé, dans le costume, par rapport au paysage, que j'aime bien.
ps: j'ai fait un woorshop
stego (22556) 2006-12-07 23:21
Nice bucolique scene and portrait of the kind old drover. It's ok, but maybe the pov it's a bit too centered and the contrast and saturation could be improved (consequence of the scan?).
I'll post a WS, just to see what I can do about it, as I think that davidescu's results aren't so convincing.
TFS, Regards, Jose
ryno (6396) 2007-01-06 9:36
Hi Simon, this is an interesting shot - rich in detail to hold the viewer's attention. Looking at this cavalier old gentleman, I see with your comment about stepping back in time. the photo is perhaps a bit overexposed, but still a very good shot. Regards,
inuit66 (663) 2007-01-20 6:28
Hi Simon. The surroundings are so beautiful in this photo and the man wawing his hat has such great expression looking marked from outside life. Composition is great and I'm sure everything in the photo is well considered. Even so - and despite the previous workshops - I couldn't resist also trying to "improve" the photo to bring out something else/more. Ultimately you were the lucky one to see and capture this wonderful man with the lense. I love this photo. Best regards Jens
- Copyright: Simon Damant (sadeik) (3264)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-08-00
- Camera: Nikon F-801, Nikon 35-70mm f2.8, Fujichrome Provia100
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): The ones you like [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-12-05 3:55