The Land Beyond the Forest
by Katalina Simon

project STATEMENT

These images are part of an ongoing series depicting life in rural Transylvania. This mountainous and remote region of Eastern Europe is steeped in history and lore. The rugged Carpathian Mountains kept invaders at bay and kept the remote villages isolated from the passage of time.

I am drawn to this region and these people because it reminds me of a vanishing way of life that I experienced at my grandparent’s village in Hungary every summer. As a child, I was oblivious to the poverty and hardship that people faced and only saw the enchantment.

With my camera I work to recapture this feeling of storybook wonder—to show domestic tableaux and rural people as I remember them. My hope is to show the magic and poetry of the people who inhabit The Land Beyond the Forest.

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