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ONE PHOTO – ONE STORY

08.03.2017

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I shot this picture with a Leica M10 last September while travelling in Romania. When I decided to travel to this for me new country, I didn’t have any specific story in mind, I just wanted to capture some spontaneous impressions while walking around Bucharest, Constanta or the countryside.

I started in the capital, hoping to catch certain moments on the streets; in the city centre I saw a man dressed as a First World War soldier smoking a cigarette. Intrigued, I started talking with him: he had just returned from a rehearsal for an event launching a new exhibition at the National Museum of Romanian History, an impressive and beautiful building right behind us. As the launch would be later the same day, he suggested I come.

Several hours later I was at the museum, where I found many people dressed like the man I’d met on the street. After the new exhibition was officially introduced, the costumed people did a short performance, acting as though there were on the front line. I took lots of pictures but I didn’t really like them. At the back of the room, behind the public, there were students also in uniform, whom I guessed were from the Police Academy. Suddenly a beautiful ray of sun pierced the room caressing several of the students’ faces until it reached this young woman with such strong blue eyes; and that’s when I took this photograph, using the great summilux 35mm lens.

I kept photographing the students for a while, and then the ceremony again; however, in the end, thanks to the sun beam and the student’s blue eyes, this picture proved to be the strongest and the only one I kept from this event.

You can see further pictures by William Daniels in LFI 2/2017.
© William Daniels

William Daniels

William Daniels is a Paris-based documentary photographer. In his first reportage in 2004, he documented the lives of street children in the Philippines. Since then, he has published numerous reportages in, among others, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Times and Polka Magazine. He has received the World Press Photo Award, as well as the Visa d’or Award and the 2014 Getty Grant. Daniels is represented by the Panos Pictures Agency.

www.williamdaniels.net
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