Monday, October 28, 2013

Balkan Portrait 2: The Watermelon-Sellers

This family was selling watermelons by the side of a highway in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I think they are Romanies, but I didn't ask.

They offered to sell us watermelons, but that was almost by way of a lead-up to their real request: would I take their photograph? Of course I was more than happy to oblige.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Balkan Portrait 1: The Dancers

This is the first in a series of six photos of people I encountered on my travels in Romania and Bulgaria.

On the fringes of the supposedly haunted Hoia-Baciu forest in northern Transylvania, we chanced upon a Hungarian festival. People of all ages were dancing to Hungarian folk tunes, whirling in a hand-clapping, tap-dancing frenzy. Between performances, I asked three of the oldest dancers for permission to take a photo, with the grand-daughter of one of the dancers acting as interpreter.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Seal! Seal!

When there is a cold autumn wind blowing in from the North Atlantic and the ground is wet from last night's rain, there are few things which can make me scamper out of my tent first thing in the morning, barefoot and without a jumper, but Saha shouting "Seal! Seal!" is certainly one of them.

Spotting a family of grey seals was the highlight of our hike in Pembrokeshire, Wales. They were basking on a pebble beach below the cliff where we had pitched camp, and seemed unconcerned by our presence.