Romania is a fascinating and stunning country, perfectly suited to travel photography. Each weathered face tells a story and each crease in the Carpathian Mountains offers the possibility of dramatic light as it interacts with the morning sun. The moment I started researching Romania and writing myself a brief (a vital aspect of travel photography that I believe everyone should do before a shoot), I saw this trip as an introduction to the country. It would be a search for characters and stories that I could take my time photographing. To me, while it is possible to take beautiful and interesting photos during a brief encounter, building up a rapport over time (be that one hour, one week or one year) offers a more in depth perspective.
I spent 10 long days exploring Romania on a recce trip for a travel and landscape photography holiday. To be clear, I do not say long days because they dragged. I say long because every day started with a 4am alarm call in order to reach my sunrise location by day break, and ended at midnight, prying myself away from my laptop after excitedly looking through the day’s photos.