I walked, uninvited, into this woman’s farmyard because I wanted to photograph her house. She stood on her porch gazing at me with amazement. I immediately loved the look of strength in her face and hands. I placed her hands on the porch rail and fired away. Today I noticed that in scanning the slide, I blew out the highlights on her hands, so I’ll have to try again, but I can’t ignore her handsome face. So here is a preview.
The monastery at Suceavitsa. A nun calls the community to prayers with an instrument called a ‘toaca’. It is a board with three holes drilled in each end. She raps it with a mallet and the sound cracks across the courtyard and hits the monastery walls with a smack. No one could ignore this sound. It is said that the Turks, when they controlled the area, did not allow bells to be rung and so the toaca was substituted.
This is the new Monastery at Humor. There are no frescoes on the exterior. But I love these cute little haystacks the Romanians make. I made a painting out of this slide using Topaz Simplify, Snap Art 3 and actually a few of Faye Sirkis brushes to finish the steeple which I had cut off to get my haystacks.