City of Contrasts | Bucharest, Romania

The Old Town of Bucharest is full of contrasts. Ruins and poverty in the Romanian capital right next to hotels and luxury.

When I prepared myself for the trip to Romania, I often stumbled upon the word “contrasts” connected to Bucharest. Extreme wealth next to bitter poverty, prospering businesses next to destroyed buildings.

All that came back to my mind the moment I set foot in Bucharest. How often can you drink a (surprisingly expensive) beer in front of a ruin? This photo is taken right in the Old Town of Bucharest and I think you get a feeling for what I mean with “contrasts”. Just a few streets further they build a new 5-star Hotel.

I’m really curious how Bucharest will develop as the city felt to me like there is really something about to happen. I guess 5 years from now you won’t see much of those contrasts anymore, but who knows?

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Aperture: 6.7
Exposure time (middle): 1/60s
Tripod: handheld
Size: 10.6 MPx
Date: Taken in April 2013
Location: Old Town of Bucharest, Romania
Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

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