Alternative Visions and Light Motives – Rural reality in Romania

Romania, and especially Maramures region, is the last truly rural place in Europe.  Our photo tour focuses on the rustic nature of the country and its ancient traditions. Landscapes and agrarian practices are inextricably linked and we will strive to capture the life of people in the villages of Maramures, the colorful paintings on the walls of Bucovina’s monasteries and the charm of the old medieval Saxon towns of Transylvania. Whilst on tour we will photograph rural life, which takes you back in time and capture some of those inimitable moments with artisans who still, to this day, take real pride in their craft. Many spontaneous opportunities to photograph arise as we travel (architecture, people old barns, livestock, shepherds, horses and carts…), hence we will stop to capture those moments.


Romania The Gypsy Romanian street Sucevita Orthodox church The milk run in Viscri My distillery


Alternative Visions photo tours focus on taking our clients to places, which have a unique appeal to photographers. We seek the beauty of landscape and seascape, the heritage of cultural diversity and the bustle of the street and marketplace. Effectively, photography through geography. 

Our tours seek the best moments, light and opportunities to compose shots, which reflect those inimitable moments. We feel it is of value to immerse their clients in local culture through, not only people and landscapes, but also, where feasible, through culinary experience and accommodation, which is culturally sympathetic. Interaction and understanding and, where feasible, spending time with people, making moments and images more meaningful.

We have a ‘hands on’ approach, which enables clients to avail of sessions in which there are photo critiques and a chance to reflect on images captured whilst on tour. It is recommended, for example, that participants bring laptops or tablets to benefit from interaction and discussion, and ways of editing images to get a result reflecting their own unique style. 

‘It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see’. Henry David Thoreau