There are places that appear long forgotten; that decompose as if in accordance with their own sense of time. These places are given life by people that keep tradition alive and evolve only in line with the pulse of nature itself.
This physical and intellectual isolation, thriving and winning the quest of time, draws the focus of Tamas Dezso’s eye. It’s a focus on the margins of society in Hungary, Romania and other parts of Eastern Europe;
a focus sharply examining the decaying ruins of the Soviet Union, its effect on villages, communities and individuals, and the slow disappearance of centuries-old traditions.
While wandering and documenting the desolate yet beautiful Hungarian streets, each block of flats, each vacant site reveals a story, determined by its past and waiting to be told by Tamas. He sees that the things which remain will either be silently reconquered by nature, or enveloped by the unstoppable thrust of future generations.
His photographs have been published in The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME, GEO, Le Monde Magazine, Ojo de Pez, Polka, and many others.
Here, Tamas Dezso shares 5 images from his latest book ‘Notes for an Epilogue’, and answers 1 question.
I perceived the nature of time spent in the rural parts of Romania
entirely differently from anywhere else in my life so far. Not only
did people’s dramatic everyday life and the difficulties of many
decades not silence them, but actually opened them up and even in the
remotest locations they talked about the deeper layers of their lives
almost immediately and with perplexing honesty. The dignity,
perseverance and humanity, which the residents of the vanishing, tiny
mountain villages and the regions of by now dilapidated former
factories preserved under all conditions, represent an unforgettable
experience. While you imperceptibly learn much about passing away,
human strength and real emphases, you yourself are changing. You again
rank, rearrange and revalue a lot in your mind and perhaps get closer