What you see here is a nun beating a piece of wood with a hammer in a kind of staccato. This produces a very pleasant, rhythmic, loud noise that can be heard all over the village. She´s usually walking round the church once, so the hammering takes for about one minute. Sometimes the hammering is combined with the bells, 30 seconds of hammering, the bells ringing, then hammering again, etc. For me thoughout the years this sound has become one of the typical sounds of Romania, together with the nightely barking of thousands of street dogs in Bucharest or an old Dacia unwilling to start it´s engine.
Sucevita is one of the beautiful old monastries in the Romanian Bukovina. It is famous for its painted church (I left a bit of it in the back), its on the UNESCO heritage list and one of the many touristic higlights of the area. Today 75 nuns live in the monastry, and apart from tourism they earn the money to preserve the monastry with agriculture and forestry.
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BennyV (19009) 2009-12-08 9:45
Very different from your 'Disneyland forrest' which I just commented upon. This seems to come from another world, yet - in their own way - both shots are about rituals, distinction, dealing with power... Both shots provide a fascinating insight in your country.
Composition of the picture pushes to the right, the ensemble works, everything fits. I love the contrast between the faded background and the strong black of the nun's robe.
Also, you write really great personal notes. A special thanks for them.
smarcell (19965) 2009-12-09 0:56
Nice composition, almost monochromatic, qith that nice touch of blue. The human figure fits very well
nemesiss (2979) 2009-12-12 0:07
Ce bine ai prins momentul si mai ales, cum ai pus maicuta in pnctul forte al imaginii. Te invidiez ca ai vazut SUCEVITA, eu inca nu am ajuns sa vad aceasta minunata manastire.
Felicitari si pe curand,
anducina (8407) 2009-12-16 1:45
Ca de obicei, spui lucruri interesante si originale. Romania dintr-o perspectiva diferita. Frumoase texturi si tonuri de gri. Imi place concentrarea din privirea ei.
vnitu (197) 2009-12-29 3:19
Imi place mult incadrarea subiectului. Poate ar fi fost mai buna o pozitionare mai spre mijloc pe verticala a calugaritei astfel incat sa se vada mai mult din toaca si sa nu se vada in fundal decat zidul, fara ferestre.
Oricum o poza foarte reusita si nota este una foarte inspirata. Felicitari.