Monthly archives: September, 2012

Low priced dwellings

Believe or not, as this historical monument plate says, it used to be a “Low Priced Dwellings Society”. I expect the name to pretty much be a publicity stunt, but that makes it no less funny.

low priced dwellings

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Must time

Is autumn, the season for grapes to get ripe. The wides use for the grapes is wine making, but before the fermentation they become must, a wonderful drink full of sweetness and flavor. Best served with grilled pastrami.

must making

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Luxury photography

Hunting for my latest batch of photos for the Wiki Loves Monuments photo contest, I encountered this building, which is not a historical monument, but still an interesting sight. Ans you can probably see is a former shop, which had a “FOTO LUX” sign, if not obvious, that is Romanian for “Luxury Photography”. Think of the past glory of this place…

luxury photography

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A last sprint for Wiki Loves Monuments

I have queued for editing and upload around 75 pictures taken in the last week-end, I will add them to my other contributions to Wiki Loves Monuments, is the last week and my hope is to exceed the numbers from the last year, when the total was close to 5800 pictures (this morning we were at just a bit over 5000)

wiki loves monuments

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On religion and my photos

If there is one thing I try hard to avoid is being a hypocrite, this is why I question myself often. Now is one of those times 🙂

I deeply and sincerely believe religion is evil but I do photography, contributing to things like Wiki Loves Monuments I take and publish a lot of pictures of churches, monasteries and various other religious things and I also take photos at events like weddings and baptisms, where religion is a very important side. I know churches and monasteries are the bulk of historical monuments here (in medieval times very little culture happened in Romania outside the religion) and I know the society make the religious part that important in life events, but still feel a bit uneasy.

religion
religion

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Bye Caragiale

If a few month back I caught an Caragiale act near the opening the the all-summer long Caragiale Festival, now near its end I caught another, the same company, Masca, but a different play, “O scrisoare pierdută”.

scrisoare pierduta

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Attention span

Somehow, I am not very sure the seller is very focused on his colored balloons, something else may have caught his attention. Not good for the business.

balloons

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Ffffff…fireworks!

I like fireworks and it was a while (at least a couple of years) since I saw a good one (being busy whit other things when they happened), so when I learned there will be fireworks in the last night of B-FIT, I couldn’t miss the opportunity.

fireworks
fireworks
fireworks

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Neige de feu

Neige de feu (snow fire) by Cie entre Terre et Ciel was a spectacular show with fire, part of B-FIT Street, the Bucharest international theatre festival.

fire
fire
fire

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19 reasons

“19 Reasons” by Aromatic Company was one of the spectacles happening in the street at the Bucharest International Theatre Festival, B-FIT. I saw their show twice: one time in the Colțea Square and another time on the Lipscani Street, the pictures are from the second one, where my station point was better.

19 reasons
19 reasons

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Framed cat

Sunday afternoon, the store is closed, nothing happens, even its trusted guardian is taking a nap (somehow, I suspect that’s all he is doing all day long).

framed cat

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By night

The Old City of Bucharest can be very animated by night, especially if is close to the week-end and more so if a festival takes place there (now it was the International Theatre Festival, B-FIT)

old city by night
old city by night
old city by night
old city by night

old city by night

We love the old city, right?

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Hipstering around

There is a saying “you are not a photographer, you are just a kid with a Nikon” used to ridicule the people who use a camera but not using their brains or learning anything. For some, it can be enlarged with “you are not even a kid with a Nikon, you are just a hipster”.

hipstering around

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Why Wiki Loves Monuments?

I take part, and I am also an organizer, in the Romanian Wiki Loves Monuments photography contest, where we try to get people contributing photos of historical monuments to Wikipedia. The things are not all roses, photos below, taken in the old city of Bucharest, the most important touristic area from our capital city, are a proof of why something like it is badly needed. Our history, our culture, our identity, they are going away due to carelessness and/or greed. We can at least preserve their image.

wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments
wiki loves monuments

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Bucharest like Rio

B.FIT, the Bucharest International Theatre Festival, closed with a big parade, part of it was the parade of Latin dance schools, with samba, salsa, capoeira, bachata and more. There were some costumes making you think of Rio de Janeiro.

samba
samba
samba

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