In March 2008, I made a trip to Danube Delta, which is known as one of the most traditional and remote areas in Romania. I simply wanted to explore the area separated the wetlands and streams of the Danube River.
I arrived in an old port town Sulina by a ferry, which was the only public transportation available. When I was walking around the town located by both Black Sea and Danube Delta, I met a fisherman Mihai. I got interested in his work and asked him if itâ€™s ok to follow him for a day or two when working. He kindly agreed, and I started photographing him and his brothers. Danube Delta was still chilly in March, but they sailed through the Danube River and the Black Sea and even got off the boat and walked through the cold shallow water to set the nets. Their hands were very thick, telling the years of his hard work.
I was impressed by their hard work and also felt sad how little they earn from it, and I just continued to document Mihai and his brothersâ€™ work that was done beautifully but was unfortunately left behind from the countryâ€™s recent developments.
© / Fisherman Mihai Chitaev (37),rest after setting the fishing nets.
© / Mihai Chitaev (37), selects the fishs in his net.
© / The Fishermen Mihai Chitaev (37) and Petrika Chitaev (28).
© / The Chitaev brothers on the journey to their daily fishing.
© / v.L.Petrika, Mihai und George Chitaev, gets junk out of their fishing nets, in front of Petrika's house.
© / v.L.Petrika, George und Mihai Chitaev, rest at Petrika's house.