Category Archives: Romania


Roma girl – Brasov, September 2012

According to the 2011 Census, Roma form 3.2% of the population of Romania; over 600,000. The Roma are the most socially and economically disadvantaged minority, with high illiteracy levels.  Until 1856 most Roms lived in slavery. 



Revolution – Brasov 1989

Modarom Building – Brasov

The Modarom Building in the centre of Brasov is an iconic building. Its now a building of mixed use – including a bank. It bears the marks of unrepaired holes caused by shells shot during the first volleys of the December 1989 Revolution.


This is a picture I took 15 years ago in the Carpathian foothills. It has such a ‘ bygone’  atmospheric quality to it. It’s a poor photograph but I particularly enjoy the two characters in the extreme right of the photograph, in the trees. One of these two became a good friend during the years I visited Vaideeni. Sadly, he died much too young a few years ago. Tomorrow, I am setting off on a cycling trip – flying to Bucharest with my trusty Marin bike, and then travelling round for a fortnight. I am really interested in seeing the immense changes that have occurred since I was there.