Whenever I think of winter and Transylvania, I remember instantly, many screenshots from Roman Polanski’s film: “The Fearless Vampire Killers”. His vision and interpretation of the classic vampire story keeps, unlike many other Hollywood productions, a kind of Eastern-European quirkiness and a strong dose of burlesque, which I find charming and more than anything, authentic. This movie has a profound nostalgic effect on me. My mind jumps immediately to my homeland, to the eerie, mysterious and yet beautiful land of Transylvania.
Whether is nature or old urban sightings, winter amplifies the surroundings, the landscapes and the intense whiteness of the snow, creates the perfect canvas, on which even the decayed details of the architecture, carry beauty. Gothic and dark, decayed and wild, but also serene, cosy and warm, Transylvania offers a truly cinematic scenery, everywhere you look.
Here’s a compilation of pictures, gathered by me throughout the last two years, during my winter holidays, from my hometown – Timisoara, from Sibiu, but also from Transylvania’s many isolated villages.
Being born in the land of Dracula, can be a privilege, if you learn to seek and see beauty, even into…the darkness.
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