“‘Those who eat fish from the cyanide lake improve their sex life’ explores my power of representing others as an image-maker, in this case, the people who live in the gold mining area of Apuseni Mountains in Romania. By experimenting with my photographic style and asking for feedback on my images from locals, I try to mix different realities about the same place while I dig into the subjectivity of documentary photography. The title of the series and the self-published book is a quote given by the mayor of one of the gold towns to the Romanian press. Through it, he tries to proof that cyanide, a chemical compound used in mining to dissolve gold from the ores, has a positive effect on our health. I used the superficiality of extreme quotes from the press and politicians in the same way that they do it to attract viewers, to look at my work.”

Those who eat fish from the cyanide lake improve their sex life by Tomas Bachot (1/4)

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