the people next door

It’s been a while since we’ve lost ourselves in the rush for the sensational for the extraordinary. For a change, knowing that simplicity is hardest to achieve, in this story I wanted to take out the extra from the extraordinary and simply look at ourselves. Each time I’ve seen an overview of a densely populated

It’s been a while since we’ve lost ourselves in the rush for the sensational for the extraordinary. For a change, knowing that simplicity is hardest to achieve, in this story I wanted to take out the extra from the extraordinary and simply look at ourselves.

Each time I’ve seen an overview of a densely populated area I’ve always wondered what are the people in those houses doing, how are they living their life.

Late January 2013 I posted a message on my facebook page asking people if they would like to be photographed by me. The response was overwhelming but it took me two months to actually find the time to start this project.

While my subjects knew something about me, I knew nothing about them. Starting this project it was like a leap of faith. And what a rewarding leap of faith proved to be.

From actresses to corporatists, from lawyers to HR managers, from students to aspiring singers I had the privilege to meet some amazingly beautiful people. Some knew a little about me, other didn’t. Rares, one week after my visit, going through my website realised that he saw me early 2012 when I was documenting the efforts of animal lovers to remove the snow that covered the stray dogs shelter in Glina. He was one of the people offering a helping hand.

We look at TV stars because we believe they are better then us. The truth is we are afraid to discover ourselves and the people living next door. With self actualization comes great responsibility.

We are disappointed in people for all the bad reasons. In my eyes being an amazing person but frozen in actions is worst then being a bad person. I hope that one day these beautiful people will have the courage to reach out and come together.

For only they, the exponents of the the middle class in Romania, have the power to change our world.

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    Silva Helena Schmidt, a romanian actresses of jewish origins, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 2, 2013.

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    Silva Helena Schmidt, a romanian actresses of jewish origins, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 2, 2013.

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    Dragos watches as Olivia plays with their son, as seen in their apartment in Chitila on April 2, 2013.

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    Adelina, an aspiring lounge singer as seen in her rented apartment in Bucharest, on April 14, 2013.

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    Andreea, a painter, writer and a soon to be delta plane with motor pilot, brings the family pet to wake up her daughter, as seen in their apartment in Corbeanca on April 5, 2013.

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    Marina, a lawyer specialised in advertising and a beginner biker, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 6, 2013.

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    Dan, a TV cameraman and a BUG Mafia fan watches TV together with his girlfriend Nicola, as seen in his room in his parents apartment in Bucharest on April 3, 2013.

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    Bogdana, a social media planner in a big multinational company and aspiring jewellery artisan, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 19, 2013.

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    PR specialist attempts to prepare pancakes, as seen in her rented apartment in Bucharest on April 10, 2013.

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    Rares, working in telecom industry and his school sweetheart Gabriela having breakfast, as seen in their apartment in Bucharest on April 20, 2013. Rares, without being a nationalist, truly and deeply loves his country.

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    Olivia sits on the couch next to the painting depicting Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, her favourite movie, as seen in their apartment in Chitila on April 2, 2013.

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    Gabriel, a self proclaimed ‘cool corporatist’, a guitar player and aspiring film maker, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 19, 2013.

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    Mihaela, a sales agent for a pharmaceutical company, as seen in her apartment in Stefanesti on April 17, 2013.

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    PR specialist tries her hud on as seen in her rented apartment in Bucharest on April 10, 2013.

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    Andreea (right), a student and her best friend and roommate Adelina, an aspiring lounge singer, having breakfast as seen in their rented apartment in Bucharest, early morning on April 14, 2013.

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    Bogdana, a social media planner in a big multinational company and aspiring jewellery artisan, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 19, 2013.

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    Rares, working in telecom industry and his school sweetheart Gabriela, as seen in their apartment in Bucharest on April 20, 2013. Rares, without being a nationalist, truly and deeply loves his country.

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    Marina, a lawyer specialised in advertising and a beginner biker, prepares her gear for the first ride after winter, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 6, 2013.

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    Dan, a TV cameraman and a BUG Mafia surfs the internet, while his girlfriend Nicola, a beautician talks on the phone, as seen in his room in his parents apartment in Bucharest on April 3, 2013.

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    Paula, a law school graduate and a former basketball player, as seen in her parents apartment in Bucharest on April 20, 2013.

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    Dragos, an employee working for a delivery company and advertising passionate seen in their apartment in Chitila on April 2, 2013.

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    Andreea, a painter, writer and a soon to be delta plane with motor pilot, plays with her daughter’s hair while she has breakfast, as seen in their apartment in Corbeanca on April 5, 2013.

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    Marina, a lawyer specialised in advertising and a beginner biker, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 6, 2013.

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    Rares, working in telecom industry and his school sweetheart Gabriela doing household chores, as seen in their apartment in Bucharest on April 20, 2013. Rares, without being a nationalist, truly and deeply loves his country.

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    Paula, a law school graduate and a former basketball player, as seen in her parents apartment in Bucharest on April 20, 2013.

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    Andreea (left), a student and her best friend and roommate Adelina, an aspiring lounge singer, as seen in their rented apartment in Bucharest on April 14, 2013.

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    Mihaela, a sales agent for a pharmaceutical company, as seen in her apartment in Stefanesti on April 17, 2013.

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    Rares, working in telecom industry and his school sweetheart Gabriela, take out the drapes for cleaning in preparation for Easter celebrations, as seen in their apartment in Bucharest on April 20, 2013. Rares, without being a nationalist, truly and deeply loves his country.

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    Roxana, the HR manager of a large transport corporation dries her hair, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 13, 2013.

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    Oana, a first year architecture student works on a given project, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 15, 2013.

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    Silva Helena Schmidt, a romanian actresses of jewish origins, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 2, 2013.

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    Dan, a TV cameraman and a BUG Mafia fan, as seen in his room in his parents apartment in Bucharest on April 3, 2013.

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    Rares, working in telecom industry and his school sweetheart Gabriela, as seen in their apartment in Bucharest on April 20, 2013. Rares, without being a nationalist, truly and deeply loves his country.

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    Andreea, a painter, writer and a soon to be delta plane with motor pilot, makes sure her sleepy daughter gets out of the bed, as seen in their apartment in Corbeanca on April 5, 2013.

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    Olivia caries the toys after playing with her son, as seen in their apartment in Chitila on April 2, 2013.

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    Bogdana, a social media planner in a big multinational company and aspiring jewellery artisan and her boyfriend Gabriel, a self proclaimed ‘cool corporatist’, a guitar player and aspiring film maker, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 19, 2013.

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    Bogdana, a social media planner in a big multinational company and aspiring jewellery artisan and her boyfriend Gabriel, a self proclaimed 'cool corporatist', a guitar player and aspiring film maker, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 19, 2013.

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    Bogdana, a social media planner in a big multinational company and aspiring jewellery artisan and her boyfriend Gabriel, a self proclaimed ‘cool corporatist’, a guitar player and aspiring film maker, as seen in her apartment in Bucharest on April 19, 2013.