The friendly Romani of Hungary


Of all the people I’ve taken photos of in and around Hungary, the Roma are by far the most friendly. The first two friends in these photos are both musicians and they are both very proud and articulate men.  On an afternoon when the sun was very warm, they were both enjoying a nice cold beer and a talk.                                                                                                             The district I shot these photos in is considered by many to be a ghetto. I’ll be honest here and say that this area of Budapest appeals more to me in terms of its variety of colourful characters than that of the main downtown districts.                                                                        The people here seem to be more real and have a true community spirit, and they could not be more friendly to strangers. I can’t say the same applies for some of the more upmarket areas in Budapest, as quite often people there seem to be more fearful looking and a hell of a lot more distant and self absorbed.


Josef showing me pictures of gigs that he’s done in a few different parts of the world

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Proud and with dignity


Well dressed and well spoken

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Two friends together again after all the years they spent apart

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The two men below are both mushroom pickers and considered to be vagabonds.                      I encountered them in rural Hungary in a massive woodland area that resembled something out of The Lord Of The Rings.  With the light not being so great and not having anything but natural light, I only ended up with a few shots.

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Freshly picked

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Mushroom chat

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